After Placement of Implants and Immediate Teeth
DIET: Restrict your diet to liquids and soft foods. Although you will feel as if you have your own teeth, these teeth are fragile! The implants have not yet integrated into the bone, and therefore they cannot withstand strong biting forces. Please restrict your diet to foods similar in consistency to fish and pasta. This is crucial to the success of your treatment. Once the implants integrate, which takes anywhere from 3-6 months, you can eat anything you desire.
Use ice packs (externally) on the same side of the face as the operated area. Apply ice for the first 36 hours only. Apply ice, 20 minute intervals, while you are awake.
For mild discomfort use aspirin, Tylenol or any similar medication; two tablets every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg can be taken 2-3 tablets every 3-4 hours.
For severe pain use the prescription given to you. If the pain does not begin to subside in 2 days, or increases after 2 days, please call our office. If an antibiotic has been prescribed, finish your prescription regardless of your symptoms.
Do not rinse your mouth for the first post-operative day, or while there is bleeding. After the first day, use a warm salt water rinse every 4 hours and following meals to flush out particles of food and debris that may lodge in the operated area. (One half teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water.). You may also be prescribed a special mouth rinse to use.