Postoperative care begins immediately after surgery. It lasts for the duration of your hospital stay and may continue after you’ve been discharged.
As part of your postoperative care, your healthcare provider should teach you about the potential side effects and complications of your procedure.
Inform the patient about adequate actions after surgery. Leave around-the-clock emergency contact numbers in case of urgent complications.
After surgery some oozing of blood at the surgical area is normal. Place gauze on the surgical area and advise the patient to keep firm, continuous pressure on the gauze throughout the day.
If a healing abutment has been placed, explain to the patient that abutments will be visible in the mouth, also explain their function and positive effect on the adaptation of soft tissues to the implant/abutment.
Swelling & cooling
To reduce swelling/pain, recommend the patient to place an ice pack in a handkerchief (beware of skin burns) on the face in the surgical area, as soon as arriving home. Place an ice pack for 15 minutes, interleaved with 15 minutes rests, for the first 24 hours. Keeping the head elevated, also when resting/sleeping will help to reduce swelling.
The patient can start to drink, and eat soft and/or fluid foods after the intervention, as soon as local anesthesia has worn off. the first 2 days after surgery from strong alcohol drinks.