After Dental Implant Surgery
After undergoing dental implant surgery, patients must take care of their implants and the area surrounding it. During the first month the dental implants trying to bond with the tissues and bone so the care routine of the patient will be a little more involved during this period. In short, avoid disturbing the wound in the few days after surgery. Do not spit, rinse or touch the mouth within the 24 hours after surgery to avoid irritating or contaminating the surgical area. It’s important to follow the following instructions after dental implant surgery:
- Antibiotics – patients must take all antibiotics as prescribed to prevent infection. 24 hours after the surgery, patients should start performing oral rinse twice a day using salt water 4-5 times a day.
- Bleeding – it is normal to have blood in the patient’s saliva within the first day after surgery. You can control the bleeding by biting down the gauze pad. Bit down on the gauze pad gently at a constant pressure, repeat until bleeding reduces.
- Dealing with pain – the anesthetic will wear off after your surgery and should start using pain medication before then. You can choose from the various over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen, Aleve®, Tylenol®, etc.
- Diet – patients can initially take soft foods, and then resume normal diet when they feel comfortable with doing so. Ensure you remain hydrated by taking lots of fluids.
- Hygiene – for the dental implant to properly heal, you need to keep the surgical area clean. Keep brushing your teeth normally, but avoid brushing the implant. The saltwater and antibiotic will help in disinfecting the implant itself.
- Swelling – you may experience some swellings after dental implant surgery. Reducing your activity as much as you can and keeping your head elevated can help reduce swelling. Apply ice packs continuously for the first 48 hours to reduce facial inflammation.
- Wearing your night guard prosthesis – avoid the use of a retainer, Partial dentures, full dentures, or night guards at least ten days after surgery. Should there be any special circumstances, our practice will let you know during the pre-surgery appointment.
- Smoking – smoking increases the risk of infection which in turn raises the risk of dental implants failing to integrate. We advise that patients abstain from smoking for at least 2 weeks after dental implant surgery.
What does recovery involve?
While every case is unique, recovery from dental implant surgery occurs in phases. After your surgery, your aim should be to maintain good oral hygiene. The implant must remain clean so as to bond properly with the jawbone. Also, note that can last a lifetime when properly cared for.
Oral discomfort should reduce gradually as continue to maintain good hygiene. You may still experience minor bleeding, bruising and swelling. If pain persists, you are free to continue with the pain medications.
Duration of healing depends on whether the patient waits for the implant to bond with the jawbone or gets immediate crown placement. The timeframe for your recovery will largely depend on your treatment plan and individual case; follow-up visits will be organized as necessary.
Please get in touch with our office if you have questions.