CARING FOR YOUR IMPLANT
Caring for your implant
Resting after surgery.
Following your oral surgery, it’s not uncommon to feel groggy or tired from the effects of anesthetic. This will wear off over the course of the day. You’ll also note discomfort or soreness, which is normal. Patients should get ample rest after the procedure, resting with their back and head propped up by pillows to avoid lying down flat.
How to Manage Early Side Effects.
The most common early side effects experienced after the oral surgery are soreness and swelling around the lips and cheeks. Any pain you experience can be addressed by taking the recommended medications. Both swelling and soreness can be addressed by applying a cold compress to the affected area of the face as directed by your oral surgeon. Pain and swelling will gradually abate as you continue to recover. It’s not uncommon for patient to experience minor bleeding from the mouth. If there is serious or steady bleeding from the mouth, be sure to contact your oral surgeon for further instructions.
Activities to Avoid after Oral Surgery.
After oral surgery, patients are advised to avoid strenuous physical activities until they are advised otherwise by their surgeon. Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco should be avoided until the end of the implant dentistry process as this can cause serious damage to the gum tissue and increase the risk of infection. Patients will be asked to avoid the use of drinking straws for several weeks. The suction created by the drinking straw can cause the blood clot in the incision site to come loose, and can also affect any sutures that are in place.
Diet after Oral Surgery.
After oral surgery, patients should eat a diet of soft foods that are lukewarm, avoiding the dental implant/tooth gap when possible. Avoiding spicy foods or foods with crumbs is a great idea in the first week or so of healing as this will prevent irritation and other issues with the tender gum tissue.
Attend All Follow-ups with your Dentist.
During your recovery, you will have several follow-up visits with your dentist to monitor the progress of your healing. This will also help determine how much longer your recovery requires for osseointegration to be completed. Be sure to attend all of these follow-ups as they occur..