With any surgery, the recovery period varies depending on the procedure and individual patient tolerances. Swelling associated with the procedure varies but usually peaks within 24-36 hours then steadily returns to normal.
Place Ice on and off area every 10-20 min. Do not freeze the area just keep the area cool. Do not disturb or touch the wound. Avoid straws, spitting, and smoking for 5 days.
Dissolving sutures were placed over the implants and will not need to be removed.
The day after surgery, resume brushing your natural teeth, brush your implant teeth 1 week following surgery. Use your prescribed Chlorhexidine rinse for 7 days. You will be provided with a Water Pik at your follow up visit with our office two weeks after your procedure. It is very important to keep the area clean.
If prescribed an antibiotic, finish the entire prescription.
For pain, please use over the counter medications first; these may include Advil, Motrin or Ibuprofen. You may take up to 3 tablets (600mg) every 6 hours for 3 days. If you need something stronger, use the prescribed medication given to you. Do NOT take Tylenol (Acetaminophen) if you are also using the prescription pain medication; the prescription already contains Tylenol. Make sure you have food or liquid in your stomach when taking these medications to reduce stomach distress such as nausea or vomiting. Do NOT take more medicine than directed.
A certain amount of pain is not uncommon. After 3-5 days, the pain should be minimal. If your pain is increasing in severity, contact our office at (630) 364-2888.
There is to be no physical activity (exercise, etc.) for at least 5 days following the procedure. No lifting more than 15 lbs.
It is extremely important to be on a soft diet for the first 3 months of healing. During this time your implants are integrating, and you’re wearing a temporary prosthesis that is not meant to be used to chew hard or crunchy foods. Acceptable foods are soft and easy to chew and swallow. These foods may be chopped, ground, mashed or pureed. This modified diet is to be maintained until you receive your permanent prosthesis. Once your final denture is made with the titanium frame as reinforcement you can resume a normal diet.
The following are examples of food you can eat:
- Apple Sauce
- Cooked fruits or ripe fruits
- Canned fruits without skin or seeds
- Well-cooked soft veggies
- Mashed Potatoes
Meats and Other Protein Sources –
- Broiled Fish
- Roasted/Stewed Chicken
- Scrambled eggs
- Macaroni/Pasta/Rice Pasta
- Oat Meal/Cooked Cereal/Cream of Wheat
- Pudding/ Jell-O/ Yogurt
- Ice Cream
- Protein Shakes
NO NUTS or seeds of any kind
Anatomy of Smoothies
Base: Fruits and Vegetables
Liquids: Yogurt, ice-cream, sherbet, milk, soy/almond/or coconut-milk, fruit juices, water, green tea, coffee
Additions: peanut butter, honey, whey powder, protein powder, vitamin C
Banana Silk smoothie
2 cups liquid (soy/ almond/ or coconut milk)
2 large ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
¼ cup honey
Combine all ingredients in blender with ½ cup of ice and process until smooth.
1 cup cranberry juice cocktail,
1 (6 ounce) carton blueberry yogurt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Place ingredients in blender with ½ cup of ice cubes and process until creamy.
An Apple (and a Carrot a day)
1 cup apple juice
¼ cup applesauce
8 baby carrots
1 large apple. Cored, quartered
½ cup peeled, sliced cucumber
Place all ingredients in blender with ice cubes and process until creamy.
2 cups fresh spinach
1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
¾ cup of frozen mango slices
¾ cup frozen pineapple chunks
Pour ¾ cup of water and 4 ice cubes into blender, add all ingredients.
Process until smooth.