What to Do After You Get Dental Implants in Melbourne
After dental implant surgery, it is very important to follow Dr. Trantham’s instructions for care. Here’s what you can expect.
The First 24 Hours
For the first day after dental implant surgery, you must avoid disturbing the wound. Don’t rinse, spit or touch your mouth in order to avoid contaminating or irritating the site.
Take All Medication
You’ll likely be given a prescription for an antibiotic to help prevent infection at the surgical site. Be sure to finish the entire prescription.
Shortly after your surgery is completed, the local anesthetic will wear off. Dr. Trantham recommends that you start taking an over-the-counter pain reliever before this happens. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen is fine.
You’ve had surgery so some bleeding is to be expected. You’ll also see blood in your saliva for about 24 hours post-surgery. To help control and slow the bleeding, gently bite down on a gauze pad. Repeat as often as necessary until the bleeding has stopped.
Just like bleeding, a certain amount of swelling after oral surgery is normal. To minimize facial swelling, you can apply icepacks for the first couple of days after your procedure. Also, try to keep your head elevated and reduce your activity level. Rigorous activity and heavy lifting can increase swelling and may reinitiate bleeding.
Eat a Healthy Diet
At first, stick to a diet of soft foods. Things such as yogurt, applesauce, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, soft pasta and the like will be easiest to eat. You can go back to your normal diet as soon as you feel ready.
While hydration is always important, it is vital whenever the body is healing. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids.
Maintain Oral Hygiene
Keeping the surgical site clean is essential so you must stick to strict oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, taking care to avoid any stitches. Do not brush your implants. Use an anti-bacterial oral rinse twice a day and warm saltwater four or five times daily to keep the implant disinfected.
Don’t Wear Oral Appliances
Don’t wear a partial or full denture, night guard, sports guard or retainer for at least 10 days after surgery for dental implants.
Smoking increases the risk of infection after dental implant surgery and impedes the healing process. Therefore, Dr. Trantham suggests not smoking for at least two weeks after surgery.
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