What To Do After Dental Implant Surgery (Post-Op Intructions)
Things That You Have To Know Before And After Receiving Dental Implants:
Instructions to follow BEFORE dental implant surgery
- If your doctor has instructed you to take prophylactic antibiotics, these should be taken as instructed, 1 hour before your surgical appointment.
- Wear comfortable clothing when attending for surgery.
- Avoid wearing jewelries or bulky accessories.
- Avoid wearing heavy make-up. If this is not possible, you will be asked to wash your face with antiseptic soap in our surgery prior to surgery.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol 24 hours prior to surgery, as this may interrupt with the effectivity of anaesthetic and proper healing of the surgical site.
Instructions to follow AFTER dental implant surgery
Whenever possible, we would like to avoid the use of narcotic pain killers (ex: Panadeine Forte). Instead, the combination of Paracetamol (Panadol) and Ibuprofen (Nurofen), when taken 2 hours apart, with each drug taken every 4 hours, for the first 24 hours, greatly improves pain control.
We recommend the following regimen:
Medications to buy: Paracetamol 500mg (ex: Panadol), and Ibuprofen 400mg (ex:Nurofen)
I = Ibuprofen (Nurofen) 400 mg
P = Paracetamol (Panadol) 500 mg (or 1000 mg if pain is severe)
The Paracetamol can usually be stopped after 24 hours or even the next morning, but the Ibuprofen should be continued for a further 2 to 3 days since its anti-inflammatory effect helps further resolve the inflammation that caused the pain.
If you wear a denture or partial denture which would cover the implant area, it should be left out for at least one week following surgery. A soft reline can be placed in your denture by your dentist at a later date, so that you can wear your denture or partial, after adequate healing has taken place.
If you wear a flipper appliance that replaces the tooth where the implant was placed, you should avoid wearing the appliance for at least one week following surgery. Wearing the appliance too soon after the surgery could cause unnecessary stress to the area, could affect the way the tissue heals around the implant, and may lead to failure of the implant.
You have been instructed to take an anti-inflammatory medication (Nurofen) to prevent and control post-operative swelling. Start taking this medication immediately following surgery. Swelling may also be controlled by the immediate application of ice packs for the first 36 hours following surgery. Ice packs should be applied to the outside of the face in intervals of 30 minutes on and 15 minutes off.