Dental Implants

Dental Implant Surgery Post-Op Care Instructions

Following your dental implant surgery at Diablo Valley Implant Dentistry with our board-certified dental implant surgeon, Dr. Anthony Lizano, it is crucial to adhere strictly to the given post-operative care instructions. These guidelines are designed to ensure a smooth recovery and the optimal integration of your new implant.

Immediate Post-Op Care

Bleeding Control: Right after your surgery, bite down gently yet firmly on the gauze pack placed over the surgical site under the bleeding stops. If bleeding persists, a new gauze should replace the old one as directed.

Swelling Management: Swelling is a normal response to surgery. To minimize swelling, use ice packs on the affected side of the face—20 minutes on followed by 20 minutes off for the first 48 hours post-surgery.

First 24 Hours

Oral Hygiene: Avoid any vigorous rinsing or spitting for 24 hours to protect the blood clot forming in the surgical site. Do not touch the wound with your fingers or tongue to prevent irritation and infection.

Nutrition: Stick to soft foods and avoid hot foods and liquids on the day of your surgery. Proper nutrition is important for healing, but food should not irritate the surgical site.

Pain Management: Use the prescribed pain medication or over-the-counter options as recommended to manage any discomfort. It’s easier to control pain by taking the medication before the anesthesia fully wears off and pain begins.

Antibiotic Use: If prescribed antibiotics, take them as directed without skipping doses to prevent infection and promote healing.

General Post-Op Instructions

Lifestyle: Smoking and alcohol consumption can significantly delay healing and should be avoided for at least one week post-surgery.

Mouth Rinse: Start rinsing with the prescribed mouthwash or a gentle saltwater solution 24 hours after surgery to keep the area clean. This promotes healing and helps to manage bacteria.

Follow-Up Visits: Adhere to any scheduled follow-up appointments with Dr. Lizano for monitoring your healing progress and to receive further oral hygiene instructions.

No Chewing Over Surgical Site: We recommend patients not to chew over the surgical site under instructed by Dr. Anthony Lizano.

Additional Dental Implant Post-Op Care Tips

Recovery varies per individual, but following these instructions helps in a smoother and quicker healing process. Should you experience excessive bleeding, persistent pain, or signs of infection, please contact Diablo Valley Implant Dentistry immediately.

Your health and comfort are our top priorities. Adhering to these post-op care instructions plays a significant role in the success of your dental implant procedure and the longevity of the implant itself. We are here to support you through your recovery process and are happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have during this period.

Why Choose Diablo Valley Implant Dentistry?

Dr. Anthony Lizano and the team at Diablo Valley Implant Dentistry are committed to providing you with exceptional care. We look forward to seeing you at your follow-up appointment and are excited for you to enjoy the benefits of your new dental implant.