Following your implant placement procedure our caring dentists and team will provide you with post-op instructions. Please follow these instructions closely to recover without complications and help ensure the success of your implant. If you have any questions about dental implants in San Antonio, Texas, or to set up an appointment with Dr. Amogh Bhalerao or Dr. Gayatri Jadhav, call Smiles R Us at 210-694-4999.
To ensure a smooth recovery and minimize any potential complications following your dental implant placement, it is important to adhere to the post-operative care instructions provided by our dentists and team. Please carefully follow the guidelines outlined below:
- Mouth rinsing: Refrain from rinsing your mouth for the remainder of the day after your procedure.
- Saltwater rinses: Beginning on the day after your procedure, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater every two to three hours. Prepare the solution by dissolving half a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water. Continue this regimen for several days. Afterward, rinse after meals and before bedtime for a duration of two weeks.
- Medications: Take all prescribed medications, including antibiotics and mouthrinses, exactly as directed by your dentist.
- Pain management: Use over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol, Advil or ibuprofen to alleviate any discomfort. Follow the recommended dosage guidelines.
- Tooth brushing: You may resume brushing your teeth the day after your procedure. However, be careful to avoid the surgical site for several days as advised by our dentists.
- Temporary crown: If a temporary crown was placed, refrain from biting down until you receive permission from our dentists.
- Dentures and oral appliances: Avoid wearing your denture, partial denture, or any other oral appliance until you are instructed to do so by our dentists.
- Swelling management: Swelling is normal and to be expected. For the first 48 hours, apply ice or cold compresses to the side of your face at 15-minute intervals. After 48 hours, switch to applying heat to the area until the swelling subsides.
- Lip care: Keep your lips moisturized using lip balm or Vaseline to prevent cracking.
- Activity restriction: Refrain from operating machinery for at least 12 hours following your procedure.
- Smoking and tobacco use: Avoid smoking or using tobacco products as they can compromise the success of your implants.
- Loose cover screw or healing abutment: If the cover screw or healing abutment of your implant becomes dislodged, contact our office immediately. Bring the loosened component with you to your appointment.
- Oral contraceptives: If you use oral contraceptives and have been prescribed antibiotics, use an alternate method of birth control until you have completed your full course of antibiotics.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your post-operative care, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Our team is available to assist you or schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable dentists.