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.