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Post-Operative Care: Your Guide to Recovery

Congratulations! You’ve successfully navigated your procedure from Advanced Surgical Associates, and the journey towards a healthier smile is well underway. We understand that the days following surgery can bring questions and concerns, but rest assured, you’re in good hands.

This page serves as your personal guide to optimal healing and a smooth recovery. Following these post-operative instructions diligently will minimize complications, maximize comfort, and pave the way for a successful outcome.

Remember, your well-being is our top priority. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have along the way. We’re here to support you every step of the journey, so relax, focus on recovery, and let us be your partner in achieving your oral health goals.

If you have any questions, call our Tewskbury office at (978) 851-5200 or our Portsmouth office at (603) 501-1810.

General Care Instructions

Taking it easy is the key to a smooth recovery! Here are some general guidelines to follow for the next few days:

Rest and Relaxation: Your body needs time to heal, so prioritize rest and avoid strenuous activities like heavy lifting or exercise. Listen to your body and take it day by day.

Managing Swelling and Discomfort: Expect some swelling and mild discomfort in the surgical area. To minimize these, apply ice packs wrapped in a towel for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, for the first 24-48 hours. Elevate your head while resting for additional drainage.

Effective Pain Management: We’ve prescribed pain medication to manage your discomfort. Take it as directed, and don’t hesitate to reach out if the pain isn’t adequately controlled. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can also be helpful but consult with us first to ensure they won’t interfere with your prescribed medication.

Fueling Your Recovery: Choose soft, easily digestible foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt, and smoothies for the first few days. Avoid hot, spicy, or crunchy foods that might irritate the surgical site. Staying hydrated is crucial, so sip on plenty of water and other clear liquids.

Gentle Oral Hygiene: Maintain good oral hygiene, but be gentle around the surgical site. Brush your remaining teeth and tongue twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Avoid vigorous rinsing or spitting, and use a saltwater rinse several times a day to keep the area clean and prevent infection.

Remember, these are general recommendations, and specific instructions may vary depending on your individual procedure. We’ll provide you with personalized post-operative guidelines based on your specific needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Dental Implant Post Op Instructions

Bone Grafting (if applicable): If bone grafting was performed, additional instructions will be provided. These may include specific dietary guidelines, suturing care, and limitations on certain activities. Follow these instructions diligently to ensure the success of the bone graft.

Suture Removal: Depending on the type of implant and your individual needs, you may have stitches that need removal. We’ll schedule an appointment for this within a specific timeframe, usually around 7-10 days after surgery. Please follow any specific instructions we provide regarding suture care in the meantime.

Temporary Prosthetics: Some patients receive temporary prosthetics immediately after implant placement. These help maintain proper function and aesthetics while the implant integrates with your jawbone. We’ll provide detailed instructions on caring for your temporary prosthetic, including cleaning and avoiding certain behaviors that could dislodge it.

Implant Site Care: Maintaining good hygiene around the implant site is crucial for preventing infection and promoting optimal healing. Here’s what to do:

  • Gentle Brushing: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle brushing motions twice daily, avoiding direct contact with the implant itself.
  • Saltwater Rinses: Rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater solution several times a day to keep the area clean and free of debris.
  • Flossing: Be careful when flossing around the implant site. We can demonstrate a safe technique to ensure you’re not putting undue pressure on the implant.
  • Avoid Irritants: Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, or using harsh mouthwashes, as these can impede healing and irritate the tissues surrounding the implant.

Remember, your implant site is still healing for several months after surgery. Be mindful of your activities and avoid anything that could put undue pressure on the implant or surrounding tissues.

Tooth Extraction Post Op Instructions

Bleeding: Some minor bleeding is expected after extraction. To manage it effectively:

  • Apply gentle pressure: Place a gauze pad over the extraction site and bite down for 15-20 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
  • Avoid vigorous rinsing or spitting: This can dislodge the clot, which is essential for healing.
  • Skip the straws: Straws can create suction that dislodges the clot. Opt for gentle sipping instead.

Maintaining a Clean Socket: Keeping the extraction site clean is key to preventing infection. Here’s how:

  • Start rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater (½ teaspoon salt in 8 ounces water) 2-3 times a day after the first 24 hours. This gently removes debris and promotes healing.
  • Brush your remaining teeth with a soft-bristled brush, carefully avoiding the extraction site.
  • Avoid touching or poking the extraction site with your tongue, fingers, or any objects. This can irritate the healing tissues.

Remember, every recovery is unique. If you experience significant bleeding, severe pain, or any other concerning symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.

Call If You Have Questions

By following these post-operative instructions, you’ve taken a significant step towards a smooth and successful recovery. Remember, adhering to these guidelines isn’t just a checklist, it’s an investment in your well-being. It minimizes complications, maximizes comfort, and paves the way for a faster, healthier return to your best smile.

We understand that questions and concerns may arise along the way. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any inquiries, big or small. We’re here to listen, provide clear answers, and address any anxieties you may have. Our team is dedicated to your well-being, and we’re committed to supporting you every step of the way.

If you any have questions, call our Tewskbury office at (978) 851-5200 or our Portsmouth office at (603) 501-1810.


Meet Our Oral Surgeons

Dr. Daniel Jeong

Dr. Daniel Jeong graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and completed his specialty training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine and Boston Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

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