A dental implant process can be successful only with proper postoperative care. It is suggested not to disturb the implant for the first two weeks after placement, along with regular hygiene. It will also be helpful if you change your diet to softer foods and chew in an area away from the implant during the first grafting process, which may take about ten to twelve weeks.
A few vital instructions should be followed for the best possible healing, including:
Minimal bleeding should be expected after implant surgery, lasting for two to three days. It can be stopped by placing damp gauze pads over the implanted site and gently biting for about thirty minutes. A suitable amount of pressure should be applied to the operated area. Rest quietly by placing your head in a raised position. If bleeding continues, use cotton gauze for an additional thirty minutes. Contact our office, Shepherd Dental, and schedule an appointment if the bleeding persists even three days after the procedure.
Swelling is a natural reflex of the body to heal after surgery. There will be considerable inflammation and swelling for a couple of weeks after the surgery, but it will subside eventually. Place cold compresses on your face for at least twenty minutes on and off for the first twenty-four hours to reduce the swelling. For the subsequent two days, you can place warm, moist compresses on the cheek.
3. Pain Medication
Some amount of discomfort can be expected in most oral surgeries. Pain medications can be taken before the effects of the local anesthetic start wearing off. In case of severe pain, narcotic pain medication will be prescribed. An antibacterial mouthwash can be used twice daily following the insertion of the dental implant.
After intravenous sedation or general anesthetic, it's ideal to start consuming only liquid diets. While numb, patients should avoid hot foods or liquids. After the numbness wears off, patients can progress to solid foods, making sure not to chew on the operated site.
5. Oral Hygiene
The best way to prevent infection and speed up healing is to keep your mouth clean. Thoroughly rinse your mouth after each meal right after the day of surgery. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste after meals and before going to bed. If the bleeding resumes after brushing, apply gauze at the surgical site.
To learn more about postoperative care for dental implants, visit Shepherd Dental at 235 E Hildebrand Ave #100, San Antonio, TX 78212, or call us at (210) 820-0400 and schedule an appointment.