Endosteal implants are placed directly into the bone, mimicing natural teeth roots.
If you had endosteal implants placed, general post-operative instructions apply, but we would like to emphasize a few things:
- 1) Placement of endosteal implants usually does not create a great deal of pain. Pain is usually controlled with 800mg Motrin/Ibuprofen/Advil or 2 tabs of 325mg Tylenol/Acetaminophen. However, your surgeon has provided a narcotic pain medication for severe pain if necessary, take only as directed.
- 2) You need to brush the area after the first 24 hours with a very soft toothbrush. Do not avoid brushing the area. Most times the sutures that are placed are dissolvable sutures which will dissolve on their own in 7-10 days.
- 3) If a one-stage implant was placed so that you can actually see the metal part protruding from the gum tissue, it is very important for you to keep this area clean. You may start with a Q-tip dipped in Peridex (prescribed) or even warm salt water. Just clean the metal part protruding from the tissue. Then you can proceed to a soft toothbrush.
- 4) Avoid chewing hard foods on the implant sites. Chewing forces during the healing phase can decrease the body’s ability to heal around the implant, leading to non-integration.