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Dental Implants: After surgery care

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Congratulations on your new dental implants! Whether you have a single crown or an All-on-4 restoration, your smile looks phenomenal and you want to keep it that way.

After the procedure, the healing period begins. It is recommended that you eat soft foods to help ensure your surgical site(s) heal as quickly and smoothly as possible. Some patients are able to return to work or work from home as soon as the day after the procedure, but it’s recommended that you take a day or two off work to give your body the time it needs to relax and heal. Patients who have had dental implant surgery say that the pain is mostly a dull ache in their jaw after the anaesthetic wears off. After a week, pain is completely gone and they are able to treat the prosthetic like a normal tooth and can hardly tell the difference.

How to prevent or relieve the pain after surgery

There are a number of ways to minimize the soreness you experience during the 7 to 10 day healing period.

Find a Skilled Dentist

It is very important to find a surgeon or dentist who has extensive training and experience. Refrain from choosing the surgeon or dentist who offers the lowest prices.

Follow Instructions

Right after your procedure, your surgeon will give you specific post-procedure instructions, make sure that you follow them very carefully.

Take Painkillers

Pain should not be a big problem. Although you may be sore for a few days after any surgery in your mouth, your dentist will recommend that you take painkillers following the procedure to alleviate the discomfort. Ibuprofen is typically recommended. If this does not relieve your pain, tell the dentist so they can prescribe something stronger.

Eat Cold and/or Soft Foods

Take care to only have cold drinks and do not eat until the local anaesthetic has worn off. Avoid hot drinks or hot food for the first day and do not ‘swill’ liquid over the area.

Use Ice Packs

You may have some swelling and/or 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. Hold on the cheek area for a maximum of ten minutes at a time with twenty minutes’ break. After twenty-four hours, gentle heat is more beneficial. Sleeping propped up slightly on two to three pillows may also help.

Salt Water

Hot salt mouthwashes (a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of salt) are very beneficial for healing in the first week.  Ensure that the mouthwash is not so hot that it scalds and then hold the hot mouthwash over the surgical site until it cools.  Repeat as often as possible.

Continue to Brush and Floss (Carefully)

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 carefully clean this area with a toothbrush as well, once tenderness permits.

Rest

Get plenty of rest and do not undertake strenuous exercise for the first forty-eight hours (running / gym),  let the healing process do its thing.

Get Help if Necessary

If the pain gets worse, lasts longer than it should or is abnormally strong, contact your surgeon immediately to avoid serious problems.

Other complications

Major post-op issues are uncommon, but some of the common discomforts associated with implants or any other type of dental surgery include:

  • Minor bleeding
  • Pain at surgical (implant) site
  • Swelling of the gums and/or face
  • Bruising of the gums and/or skin

Additionally, as with any surgical procedure, potential complications do exist, including:

  • Infection
  • Bone loss around the implant
  • Unsuccessful integration of the implant to the bone
  • Your body may reject the implant

 

That’s why choosing the best dentist/surgeon is vital when considering dental implants. Send us an email today to get a free consultation with Dr Adeel Ali and the team.

posted on:- 23-01-2018
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