The Importance of Dental Implants Recovery
When it comes to dental implants, the healing phase is paramount. In fact, the success of your dental implant relies heavily on the implant’s ability to heal and fuse to the surrounding bone after your surgery. This is a process that will continue for several weeks after your procedure.
First 24 Hours
There are important rules to follow immediately after your implant surgery, as it is critical that you do not disturb the wound. Patients should not rinse, spit or even touch the wound on the day of surgery. Minor bleeding and swelling is normal. Do NOT use a straw. NO smoking at any time during your healing process.
You will likely be given a prescription for pain medication. However, many patients rely on Ibuprofen every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Do NOT take aspirin for pain.
Antibiotics and Mouth Rinse
Please take the prescribed antibiotic until it is gone and gently use the antibacterial mouth rinse on the recommended basis. These are important steps to prevent infection in and around your surgical site.
For the initial few hours after your surgery, it is best to have cold liquids only, as this will help with inflammation as well as support proper clotting. Drink plenty of liquids but avoid using a straw. After the first six hours, you may eat soft foods, such as yogurt, eggs or soup. Avoid hard or crunchy foods until we instruct you otherwise.
When your body is healing, you need plenty of rest. Be mindful of this and do not overexert yourself or participate in vigorous exercise too soon.
When to Call Us
If you have had dental implant surgery, it is important that you know what is normal and what is not. If you experience a fever, excessive bleeding, abnormal swelling or unmanageable pain, please call us promptly. We never want our patients to be in question when it comes to their post-operative recovery, as this is an important phase of your dental treatment plan and can largely affect the overall outcome of your procedure.
Call Smile Design Studios in Missouri City to learn more.