Dental Implants Post-Op Instructions
It is important that you take the time to carefully take care of your mouth after your dental implant surgery. While risks are rare, you should still treat your implant site cautiously and do everything you can to ensure that the area heals well and heals speedily. With that in mind, there are some aftercare instructions that should help you get a feel for what to do for your new implant as well as things to avoid. Note that the first 24 hours are the most important when it comes to promoting healing and creating an environment that is conducive to the successful healing of the implant before you can have the crown installed.
What will I be taking care of after my dental implant surgery?
During dental implant surgery, we place a metal implant into the socket where your natural tooth used to reside. This will act as the “root” system of your new implant. After surgery, you will be taking care of the surgery site and surrounding area. It is likely that you will feel a slight protrusion of the metal implant, so do not worry if you feel that with your tongue or toothbrush while taking care of your other teeth. In general, you will be working to promote healing and help the surgical site heal properly, which will help you to undergo the final stage of the process – the installation of the crown or other artificial tooth.
Once your surgery is complete, you might be tempted to go get something to eat or to drink. It is important to remember that your mouth will most likely still be numb from the local anesthetic that was applied in order to prevent you from feeling pain during the surgery. That means that you should wait until it has worn off before you decide to consume any food or beverages. Failing to do this could increase the likelihood that you injure yourself, as you will be unable to feel any bites or trauma you inflict upon the implant site as well as your cheek. Wait until the anesthetic wears off.
Avoid Hot Items
One of the most important parts of the healing process is the formation of the blood clot over the implant site that will help promote healing of the wound. This tends to form within the first 24 hours after surgery. To help ensure that this clot forms quickly and sufficiently, you should avoid hot food or hot beverages as they can dissolve blood clots and set your healing progress back.
Keep an Eye on Swelling
If you’ve had previous dental work done, then you know that the swelling or bruising from the surgery will probably peak about two or three days after the surgery. Applying ice to the affected area via your cheek is a good way to preemptively lower inflammation and reduce the amount of swelling that you experience. You should also take painkillers regularly for the first two or three days after surgery, even if you do not feel any pain.
Make an appointment to speak with one of our dental specialists today by calling (503) 420-7600! Downtown Dental Care is happy to help you get your oral health back on track.