How To Care For Dental Implants After Surgery

How To Care For Dental Implants After Surgery

Dental implants have been one of the most revolutionary developments in dentistry, serving as the closest solution to missing or damaged natural teeth. Our patients have achieved outstanding results through dental implant surgery, finally restoring their natural smile – and their confidence too. Implants are a permanent solution and can last a lifetime, but they require special maintenance, especially in the days immediately following treatment. There are some important steps to take in the days directly after your implant procedure to aid recovery and ensure longevity. If you don’t know how to care for dental implants, then in the short term, you’ll end up having to get them redone.


Managing bleeding

On the day of your dental implant treatment, it is important to bite down gently on the gauze packs placed by your dental implants clinic. These packs can be removed one hour after a dental implant procedure, however, if bleeding persists, place a new gauze in place on the area for a further 30 minutes. Continue to replace the gauze every 30-45 minutes as necessary until the bleeding stops. It is not uncommon for blood to ooze from the wound for up to 48 hours after a procedure like this.

Refrain from smoking

Be careful not to disturb the implant area in any way on the day of your permanent dental implants treatment. Refrain from smoking on the day of your treatment and as much as possible throughout the healing process to aid recovery.


Maintain oral hygiene

It is important to maintain oral hygiene and keep the mouth clean after your procedure for dental implants. Brush teeth very gently and do not prod the area with any instrument. If bleeding is mineral, patients may be permitted to rinse the mouth with saltwater 24 hours after their procedure. Patients may swish a mixture of table salt and water in their mouth 2-3 times daily to aid oral hygiene.

Get some rest

As a dental implant dentist in Dublin, I would usually insist that patients commit to bed rest for at least 1 day. Any strenuous activity will only serve to impact the swelling, pain or bleeding you may experience. Patients should not exercise for at least 3-4 days and should arise slowly after rest to prevent light-headedness.

Manage pain & swelling

To prevent any problems and manage pain and swelling, it is incredibly important to follow the instructions your dentist has issued. Take dental implant pain medication precisely as instructed and apply a zip-locked bag of crushed ice to reduce swelling. It’s best to put the zipper bags of ice inside of a pair of tights or a tea towel before apply to the affected area. If you experience persistent nausea after your procedure, be sure to contact your dental implant centre or clinic immediately.

Take care with the foods you eat

Avoid chewing food until the sensation has returned – that doesn’t have to mean skipping meals though. Stick to liquid or pureed foods for the first day or two after dental implant surgeries. Avoid any particular hot foods and refrain for eating seeds or popcorn, as they can easily become lodged in the surgical area.


Progressing oral hygiene

In the seven days following any dental implant treatments, continue to rinse your mouth at least 2-3 time daily – ideally after every meal. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt dissolved in a 250ml glass of warm water and gently rinse out your mouth, using the entire glass of salt water solution.


Healing bruising

Discolouration or bruising of the tissue beneath the implant is not uncommon and typically occurs 2-3 days after your surgical dental implants procedure. Applying most heat to the affected area can help to speed up healing and recovery of this bruising and discoloration.

Managing other symptoms

The placement of dental implants can often result in dry lips so it is important to keep them moist using a lip balm or ointment. A sore throat or difficulty swallowing is also common as the muscles in the throat can swell. A dental implants surgeon will be best placed to provide advice on which medication should be used to manage this pain.

Patients may also experience stiff jaw muscles in the week after surgery for dental implants. This limitation can present an issue for up to seven days after your procedure. Making a concerted effort to stretch the jaw muscles daily will help to resolve this issue faster.

Only rely on dental implants information provided to you directly by your dentist. No two mouths are the same so if you are experiencing any problems with dental implants and are unsure how to apply the most effective treatment, contact a registered professional for advice to ensure maximum longevity and a smooth recovery.

Written by : Dr. Tom Munroe


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