It’s important to remember to not disturb the surgical site wound. On the day of the surgery, avoid spitting, rinsing your mouth out and touching the surgical site. You will also have a metallic healing device jutting into gingival tissue, or gum.
It typically takes about a week to fully recover after a dental implant surgery, however, that can vary based on the patient, the extent of the operation, and the number of implants. Gently brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth with salt water at least twice a day can ensure a quick and smooth recovery.
It is extremely common for swelling to occur post-surgery. To lower the levels of swelling, hold a bag of ice against your cheek near the region where the surgery was conducted. For the next 36 hours, apply the bag of ice as much or little as you’d like.
Redness or a moderate amount of bleeding in saliva is common for up to 24 hours. If your mouth is constantly being filled with blood due to excessive bleeding, intermittently bite down on a cotton or gauze pad on the spot of bleeding for a half an hour. Change gauze pad as needed. If the bleeding persists, call your oral and maxillofacial surgeon for instruction.
- Drink fluids
- Avoid hot liquids
- Avoid hard foods
- Avoid acidic foods
- Avoid spicy foods
On the day of the operation, only consumer soft foods and liquids. Unless told otherwise, return to a traditional diet as soon as you can.
Full healing requires attention to proper oral hygiene. On the night of the surgical operation, make sure to use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before going to bed. After the surgery, use the Peridex twice a day; following breakfast and at bedtime. Make sure that you rinse your mouth for thirty seconds or more, then spit. Mouth rinses with salt water (lukewarm water cup mixed with a tablespoon of salt) should be done 4-5 times per day, particularly after mealtime. Also, make sure to brush your teeth, but be gentle around the sore regions from the surgery.
As soon as you feel the local anesthetic wear off, you may begin to take the recommended amount of pain medication.
For moderate pain:
You can take 1-2 tablets of Tylenol every 3-4 hours.
- Extra Strength Tylenol may be substituted
- Ibuprofen, Motrin or Advil can be used instead
Ensure you are taking the recommended dosages.
For extreme pain and your safety:
- take prescribed medication as directed
- Do not take medication that you may be allergic to
- Do not take medication that your doctor said not to take
- Avoid alcohol
- Do not drive
- Do not work around machinery
Discomfort and pain should diminish as each day goes post-surgery. If pain endures or gets worse, contact the office immediately as the surgical region may require attention. And remember to take the antibiotics prescribed to ensure your mouth does not get infected.
After surgery, keep your physical activities at an absolute minimum. Exercising could cause bleeding or throbbing and be dangerous toward your health. If bleeding or throbbing occurs, stop immediately. Remember, you are not eating properly to exercise, missing key nourishment due to your restricted diet. Working out may weaken your body and delay fully recovering.
COMMON PROBLEMS WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS
- Infection can be caused by improper oral hygiene or smoking
- Nerve damage by an inexperienced dentist
- Damage to surrounding tissue caused by an inexperienced dentist
- Sinus issue interferes with the operation
To prevent any problems, it’s important to practice regular oral hygiene post-operation. Also, make sure to wait at least ten days to wear any prosthesis like flippers, partial or full dentures. DO NOT use the immediately after the surgical operation. Selecting an experienced oral surgeon will give you the best odds of an unscathed recovery.