1). Do not eat anything or drink hot fluids until the effect of anaesthesia wears off to avoid injury from accidental biting or burning.
2). Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.
3). Some bleeding or redness is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.
4). Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours.
5). Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
6). Take all medications the doctor has prescribed for you according to directions.
7). Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
8). Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Use mouthwash as prescribed.
9). Warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals.
10). Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.
11). Rest as much as possible with your head elevated for one day. No vigorous exercising for 3 days.
12). Partial dentures or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least 10 days.
13). Sutures will be removed 7-14 days after surgery.