Pre & Post Op Instructions

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Preoperative Instructions for Implants / Bone Grafting

1. Eat before procedure.

2. Start taking antibiotic 3 days before surgery and continue until all have been taken.

3. If you are being pre-medicated with Ativan, take as prescribed and you will need a driver to bring & pick you up from your appointment. You are not to drive for 24 hours after taking the Ativan. You will be sleepy the day of procedure and grogginess can continue the following morning. The next day you most likely will not remember very much or anything about the previous days appointment. This is expected.

4. If having a bone graft placed, you can expect to have pain in this area for the next 2-3 days. If needed, a prescription for pain medication will be given to you.

5. Have soft foods on hand to eat for after the procedure i.e.: eggs, fish, protein drinks like Ensure, yogurt and soups (not too hot though).

6. If you are on a blood thinner, after consulting your physician, Dr Kerr may ask you to go off it prior to surgery. Please do so as instructed by Dr Kerr. A blood test the day before surgery may be needed to test your bleed rate. If you are taking a blood thinner and have not informed us of this, please let us know. If taking a baby aspirin, OK to continue with that. If taking full strength aspirin, cut strength to ¼ 3 days prior to surgery.

Post Operative Instructions for Implants / Bone Grafting

1. Continue to take antibiotics for the remainder of the prescription

2. Rinse with salt water three times a day, or after eating for the next week. (one teaspoon of salt for ten ounce glass of water.) Do not rinse with Listerine or any other mouth rinse.

3. No eating hard foods or chewing gum on surgical site.

4. If you were pre-medicated with a sedative no driving for 24 hours.

5. If you notice sutures coming loose or severe swelling of the surgical site, call Dr. Kerr at 253 606-4668.

6. Please keep hands away from surgical area, it is important that graft areas are not manipulated for two months.

7. Take 1000mg of Tylenol every 6 hours, or 600mg of ibuprofen every 6 hours for any discomfort.

Normal Post Operative Symptoms:

Localized swelling and mild discomfort is normal for the first 24 hours. If extreme swelling is present especially with fever, call Dr. Kerr.

Bruising in surgical area is normal, and may be present on the outside of the cheek or jaw.