Dental Implant Recovery
Coming in for an implant placement with our dentist? This procedure will require healing and it is important for patients to follow a rest period following their appointment. Before performing your implant procedure. Dr. Gerald Regni, Jr. recommend studying the following directions for dental implant recovery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Be sure to follow all directions if prescribed such as oral rinses, medication or antibiotics. Patients can also use over-the-counter pain relievers to relieve discomfort.
Avoid wearing any dental or oral appliances until directed by our dentist.
If you have been prescribed antibiotics and take an oral form of birth control, use an alternative until the full course of antibiotics has run.
After your implant procedure, avoid rinsing out your mouth until the following day.
The first day after your implant, start a salt water rinse every two to three hours. This should continue for several days. (The rinse can be made by combining 8 ounces of water with a half teaspoon of salt.) Afterwards, the hourly rinse can be reduced to simply rinsing at night and after meals. This daily rinse should continue for an additional two weeks.
Swelling is normal and can be reduced by applying the face with cold packs, for 15 minutes at a time, during the initial 2 days. After two days, heat may be applied.
Patients can start brushing their teeth the next day after their appointment, though we direct our patients to avoid brushing the implant for a few days, allowing the site to heal.
In the case that you are given a temporary crown, please do not apply pressure or bite down onto the crown until given leave by our dentist.
To prevent the failure of the implant, avoid tobacco use.
For the first 12 hours, avoid operating heavy machinery.
If you have more questions about what to do after your implant is posted, call us at 215-351-9399.