Instructions Following Implants

YOU ARE LEGALLY IMPAIRED FOR 24 HOURS FOLLOWING A GENERAL ANESTHETIC OR IV SEDATION. DO NOT DRIVE OR OPERATE HAZARDOUS MACHINERY.

Congratulations! You have just had a state of the art dental procedure.
Dental implants are simply the next best thing to a healthy tooth.

Pain and discomfort following implant placement are typically minor providing you follow these post operative instructions carefully.


1. Avoid biting directly on the implant site for the first week. Do not use gauze!


2. Gently clean your mouth, especially around the implant site(s). A sulca brush (end tuffed brush) has been provided to clean around the healing abutment. Use the brush gently after one week of healing.

3. You have been given a series of medications/prescriptions. Please take them as directed.


a) Corticosteroid (Dexamethasone)
This medication helps reduce swelling and inflammation. It will be given to you in an envelope and you will need to follow the directions on the front. 4mg tab is taken day after procedure and the 2mg tab is taken on the second day after procedure.


b) Analgesics or painkillers (Ibuprofen, Tylenol #3)
Start 4 hours from start of procedure
Take your Ibuprofen as directed for 2 days following surgery whether you feel the need or not! This medication will help reduce any inflammation present and is excellent for pain management.
You may need to take the Tylenol #3 with the Ibuprofen if required for pain. If your discomfort is controlled with just Ibuprofen then do not take the Tylenol #3.


c) Antibiotics (Clindamycin, amoxicillin)
Start 4 hours from start of procedure
Dental implants differ from tooth removal in that we are introducing a foreign body into your jaw. Even though we adhere to a strict sterility protocol, there is a small risk of infection. You have been given antibiotics prior to your procedure. This combined with postoperative antibiotics further reduces the risk of complications from infection.


d) Antibacterial Mouth Rinse (Chlorhexidine)
A mouth rinse further reduces the chance of postoperative infection and promotes rapid healing. Rinse gently for the first week 3 times a day. Use until bottle is empty.

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office at:

780-413-0824, toll free 1-888-322-2161

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