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Post Op Care after Dental Implant Treatment

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Post Op Care after Dental Implant Treatment

If you’ve recently had a dental implant treatment then you want a good outcome that results in an improvement in your quality of life. And a key component to that is how you follow your dentist’s instructions on dental implant aftercare.

What to Expect after Surgery

After you have dental implant surgery you can expect to be quite sore and it’s completely normal for your face and mouth to swell up, and to have some bleeding. An icepack on the area might help with these symptoms, as well as some over the counter pain medications.

You may also notice that the affected area feels quite numb after the surgery and the tooth itself may feel a little loose. This is completely normal, and will abate as the gum around the site heals.

As time goes on, you may also suffer from headaches, bruising, or pain around your mouth. These are also normal side effects, and should disappear over time. Until they do, keep taking your pain medications as a vital part of your dental implants post surgery care.

Dental Implant Care after Surgery

Immediately after the dental implant surgery there are a number of things you need to do to keep your mouth as clean and as healthy as possible. This tooth implant post operative care routine is vitally important. It will help you avoid infections and also aid the natural healing processes.

Immediately after your surgery make sure you that you:

    • Follow all instructions your dentist gives you for tooth implant care after surgery.
    • Ask a friend or relative drive you home.
    • Don’t eat until the anesthetic has worn off.
    • Avoid hot drinks and food for the rest of the day.
    • Do not smoke.
    • Refrain from spitting and don’t use a straw to drink liquids.
    • Put an ice pack on the affected part of your face for 10 minutes on and 5 minutes off.
    • Make sure you take all the medication your dentist gives you.
  • Drink plenty of cool water 2-3 hours after the surgery.

Long-Term Dental Implant Aftercare

Dental implants take time to heal, and you need to ensure that your tooth implant care after surgery continues until the site completely heals. Follow these steps to ensure good and complication-free healing:

    • Do not poke the wound with your fingers or teeth.
    • Do not brush the site.
    • Avoid alcohol.
    • Do not do any type of vigorous exercise or work for a few days.
    • Avoid hard or crunchy foods. Your dentist may actually recommend that you eat a soft food diet for up to 6 weeks until the site has completely healed.
    • Continue to take all medications that your dentist gave you.
    • Make and keep all dentist’s appointments as instructed by your dentist.
  • Ring your dentist immediately if you notice excessive bleeding or any other unusual symptoms.

If you have any concerns about your dental implant care after surgery then make sure you contact our dental clinic for expert advice and help.

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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