We’d like to discuss post-operative care after your dental implant. Surgery dental implant surgery is similar to having a tooth removed as far as post-operative care. Implants are placed into your jawbone, and those implants have a different care regimen as compared to teeth being removed your dental implants will appear in your mouth right at the gum level with what’s called a healing cap which looks this it looks like the top of a screw and that healing camp is attached to the implant itself and basically can be unscrewed by us so that another part can be placed into your implant to make the actual tooth it’s very important that you don’t disturb that healing screw with your tongue.
First of all, we’re available six days a week. Please call our dental clinic number for any questions, and you’ll either get our staff to help answer your questions.
What Is the Next Step After Dental Implant?
Think about the implant as being in like wet cement, and if you push on the implant healing cap your tongue is a very strong muscle you could loosen the implant so it’s very important that you keep your tongue on the other side of your mouth for the first couple weeks as far as what to do in the initial days and then several days after we’re going to send you home biting on some gauze and when you get home you can take the gauze out, and you can leave it out. You don’t need to put it back in. it would be a good idea to take a pain medicine which we’ve given you a prescription for taking a half of a pain pill and then twenty to thirty minutes later you can take the other half it’s not too much in your stomach at one time, in addition, the antibiotic prescription which you’ve been given you can start the antibiotic. If your surgery was in the morning you can start it after lunch. If your surgery was after lunch you can start it after dinner. you can start rinsing with a mouthwash that was prescribed the following day. We don’t want you to do a lot of rinsing the first day because it’ll just make it bleed as far as bleeding goes it’s very normal that you lose a little blood for a day or two. A little bit of blood makes your saliva pink and then you salivate a lot you think you’re bleeding a lot. It’s mostly saliva over the next several days you’re going to have some swelling and it’s important to use ice on your cheek if the implant was on the top and along your lower jawbone If the implant was on the bottom and we would use the ice for the next two to three days. it’s very normal that you get swelling for three days after the procedure, therefore.
If your surgeon was on a Monday you would swell Tuesday Wednesday Thursday it’ll start to go down on Friday so it’s very important to use the ice for those three or four days to minimize swelling and minimize bruising. It’s very normal that in addition to swelling and get some bruising in this area brushing your teeth may start the night of the procedure once the implants are placed it’s important that you brush your teeth and brush to the area but not on the area that the implant was done. It’s also very important to use a manual toothbrush, not an electric toothbrush as the electric toothbrush can disturb the integration of the implant. We have a better than 99% success rate over the long term with these implants so as long as you follow our instructions you’re going to have a great result.
Guideline for Aftercare of Dental Implant
We have got a guideline for the aftercare of dental implant and success of the implant from your end. Here are some measures you must do for a healthy recovery:
1. Eat cold food items on the first day of dental implant surgery. You only have to drink cold food items immediately after surgery. This reduces post-operative swelling.
2. Avoid hot drinks or hot food for the first day, and do not swirl liquid over the area. Try not to disturb the surgical area with your tongue nor fingers. A finger is never good.
3. Do not try vigorous exercise for the first 48 hours. Do not run or go to the gym for at least two days after surgery.
4. You may have some swelling and bruising following your treatment. This usually reaches a peak two to three days later this is quite normal and both will subside naturally after a few days. Swelling can be reduced with ice packs or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel holder on the cheek area for a maximum of 10 minutes at a time with a 20-minute break after 24 hours. Gentle heat is more beneficial. Sleeping propped up slightly on 2 to 3 pillows may also help successful oral surgery depends on keeping the mouth as clean as possible.
5. It would be best if you also start cleaning your other teeth as normal with a toothbrush, starting on the evening of your surgery avoid brushing the surgical site for the first few days but then begin to clean this area with a toothbrush as well carefully once tenderness permits hot salt mouthwashes.
6. A cup of hot water with a teaspoon of salt is very beneficial for healing in the first week ensure that the mouthwash is not so hot that it’s called and then hold the hot mouthwash over the surgical site until it cools repeat as often as possible try to keep food away from the surgical area for as long as a possible rinse following eating to keep the area clean you are advised not to smoke until the wound has healed as the severely limits healing in the mouth.
7. Quit smoking for a minimum of one week after surgery. It may harm your implant pain should not be a big problem although you may be sore for a few days after any surgery in your mouth this can be easily managed – it’s simple painkillers it would be best if you take these regularly at the maximum stated dose for the first three days after your surgery take. Whatever painkillers you normally take for headaches and sprints ibuprofen and paracetamol make a good combination and take your first dose before the local anesthetic has completely worn off. If you have prescribed antibiotic scores do not skip the dose do saltwater rinse from day two of surgery to avoid any infection we want your recovery to be as smooth and pleasant as possible. In case of an emergency contact your dentist.
How to Care for Dental Implants
Dental implants are the ideal choice for the replacement of the missing tooth. Implant teeth themselves cannot decay but the supporting bone and gum structure must be carefully maintained to protect. The patient’s oral health home maintenance two to three times a day. It’s the key to keep your implants safe. Implant soft brushes interdental brushes super flaws, and any interproximal cleaners are the most effective plaque removal routine However you might visit your dental hygienist for professional maintenance three to four times per year.