Implant Surgery Aftercare
Dental implants can be a boon to many individuals, and the process is usually not that traumatic to the area in question. That is not to say, however, that there is nothing special that you should do in order to ensure that your mouth heals quickly and heals well. There are a few things in particular that you should keep in mind after your dental implant surgery has ended. Let’s take a look at some of the most important guidelines to follow regarding implant surgery aftercare.
BleedingNote that some bleeding is normal for about 24 hours after the surgery takes place. If the bleeding is excessive—that is, if it causes your mouth to rapidly fill with blood—then you should apply a gauze pad or a clean cloth over the wound, and then bite down. This applies pressure to the area and will help stem the blood flow. The key is to apply continuous pressure for around 45 minutes to an hour. Doing this should help reduce the blood significantly. If you find that heavy bleeding continues, call us for further instruction.
SwellingEven though dental implant surgery isn’t necessarily overly traumatic, it is still surgery and some swelling is to be expected. In order to minimize this, make sure that you apply ice to your cheek and jaw often. This can be an ice pack, an ice bag, or even just a towel filled with ice. Keep the ice on the area as much as you can for the first two days (48 hours) after surgery. This will help reduce inflammation and minimize the swelling you will experience.
Watch Your DietYou want to make sure that you drink plenty of water, however, avoid hot foods or liquids in order to help protect the blood clot that will form over the wound (this is an important part of the healing process). Consume only liquids and soft foods on the day of your surgery, but you should attempt to return to a normal diet as soon as you can.
Pain ManagementIt is possible that you will experience some soreness. In order to counteract this, you should be taking pain medication immediately upon the local anesthetic wearing off. Take whatever you normally take for headaches: Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, or Ibuprofen, for example, are all good choices. Take the maximum dosage regularly according to the instructions on the bottle (if we have given you special instructions, then of course follow those instead). If you were given antibiotics, ensure that you take them as directed.
Oral HygieneIt is important to promote healing by keeping your mouth and your teeth as clean as possible. Be gentle, but brush and floss as you normally would. If we send you home with any mouth wash, make sure you take it as directed. If you have any concerns about how to keep your mouth clean, give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
If you have any concerns about your mouth after implant surgery, please don’t hesitate to call us at (503) 673-9097! We’re happy to help.