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Implant Post-Operation


Following your implant surgery, the area of surgery may be covered by periodontal packing, a pink “silly putty” material that should stay in place until your next appointment.  This material will harden in two to three hours after placement.  Do not be concerned if little pieces start chipping off before your follow-up appointment, this is normal.  However, if the entire packing becomes loose or comes off, please call the office so that we may check the area and replace the packing if necessary.

If you have had a soft tissue graft or bone graft, you may experience swelling and pain.  Place ice on the area for 15-20 minutes every hour or two for the first day.  If you have had a bone graft in the area, you may feel little granules, like sand, in your mouth for about a week.  This is normal and not a reason for concern.  There will be bleeding from the area, with the initial bleeding subsiding in four to six hours.  It is normal for it to bleed off and on for the first twenty four hours.

There may be sutures in place which may or may not dissolve on their own, depending on the type of sutures used.  Dr. Tiernan will remove the suture at one of your follow up appointments.

You may be given a prescription pain medication to take if necessary.  Most patients have minimal discomfort following the procedure and find that a consistent course of ibuprofen (Advil) is sufficient.  However, it is nice to have stronger medications on hand if needed.

You will also be given a prescription for antibiotics.  Please start these the first day of surgery unless otherwise instructed.  Continue them until the full course is finished.  It is very important for the success of your implant, so if you are experiencing any problems with the medications, please call the office and discuss any concerns with Dr. Tiernan before you stop taking the medications.

The third prescription will be for an anti-microbial rinse.  You will be rinsing with this four times a day starting the day of the surgery.  It is recommended that you have your meal, rinse with salt water and then rinse with the peridex.  DO NOT RINSE, EAT OR DRINK FOR ONE HOUR FOLLOWING THE USE OF PERIDEX.  Follow this routine after each meal and before bed.  Peridex can sometimes satin your teeth, but this is easily removed with a simple polishing by your general dentist.

DO NOT BRUSH THE SURGICAL SITE.  DO NOT RINSE WITH PEROXIDE OR USE PRODUCTS CONTAINING PEROXIDE.  DO NOT USE ALCOHOL BASED RINSES.