Your implant placement surgery is the first step to replacing your tooth or teeth and restoring your smile. During this procedure, our dentist will surgically insert the implant post into your jawbone. This post replaces the missing tooth root and works to provide a secure foundation for your implant restoration. Like your original tooth root, the implant post will integrate with your jawbone and stimulate the supporting bone tissue to keep it healthy and ensure stability for your teeth.
After your implant placement surgery, Dr. Glenn M. Wilson and our team will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to help you heal and recover. Please follow these instructions as closely as possible.
- Do not rinse your mouth for the rest of the day after your procedure.
- On the day following your procedure, begin rinsing with warm salt water every two to three hours. (Use a half-teaspoon of salt per eight ounces of water.) Begin rinsing after meals and at bedtime for two weeks.
- Use prescribed medications, antibiotics and mouth rinses as directed.
- Use mild pain relievers to minimize discomfort. Tylenol, Advil or ibuprofen are all acceptable options.
- You may begin brushing your teeth the day after your procedure but be sure to avoid the surgical site for several days.
- If a temporary crown was placed, do not bite down until given permission to do so.
- Do not wear your denture, partial denture or other oral appliance until given permission to do so.
- You will likely experience some swelling. Apply ice or cold compresses to the side of your face at 15-minute intervals for the first 48 hours. After 48 hours, switch to heat instead, and continue applying heat until the swelling diminishes.
- Keep your lips moist with Chapstick or Vaseline to prevent cracking.
- Do not operate machinery for at least 12 hours following your procedure.
- Do not smoke or use tobacco products – they can cause your implants to fail.
- If the cover screw or healing abutment of your implant falls out, call our office so that we can replace it. Bring the loosened component with you to this appointment.
- If you use oral contraceptives and have been prescribed an antibiotic, use an alternate method of birth control until you have completed your course of antibiotics.
If you have any questions or concerns about your implant surgery in New Milford, Connecticut, please contact our office at 860-354-3737. Our dentist and team will be happy to provide more information, and can schedule an emergency appointment for you if necessary.