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The Road to Recovery: Aftercare Following Dental Implant Surgery

Duane Kelly

Dental surgery can place a great strain on your oral health. To ensure that your dental implant surgery is a success, it is vital you follow the correct aftercare procedures. Below are some tips to make sure you recover quickly and fully after your dental implant surgery.

Medication

After the surgery, it is likely you will feel moderate discomfort and pain. Your dentist should prescribe pain medication and antibiotics. You should take these as directed to help to combat any pain and discomfort and to ensure that the implant site does not become infected. The pain should begin to ease after a few days. Do not stop taking either medication before the time prescribed by your dentist.

Food and Drink

You should not eat anything until the local anaesthesia used during your operation has worn off. In the days following your surgery, you should consume a liquid or soft-food diet including things like mashed potatoes, soup and yogurt. Drink plenty of fluids, but do not use a straw. You should also avoid very hot foods or drinks.

Bleeding

You should expect some bleeding during the first 24 hours after your operation. To stem the bleed, bite down on a gauze pack for half an hour or so. If this does not stop the bleeding you should bite on moist teabags. Black tea is the best option. You should also avoid taking aspirin as this can thin the blood and increase the level of bleeding.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal result of dental implant surgery. Swelling will normally increase until a day or two post op, before it begins to recede. You can help to reduce swelling by applying a cold compress to your face and, once 24 hours have passed since the operation, gently rinsing your mouth with salt water.

Oral Hygiene

The success of implant surgery will often depend on maintaining proper oral hygiene. During the first days after the surgery, you should use mouthwash to clean your mouth. Once your mouth has begun to heal, you can begin gently brushing your teeth. You should avoid smoking until the gums have completely healed.

If you continue to experience pain or bleeding, or if you have any other concerns about your oral health following dental implant surgery, you should book an appointment to see a dental professional as soon as possible. They will be able to advise and treat you as needed.

After getting full mouth implants, the aforementioned tips will be helpful as you recover.


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Oral Health Link to Whole Body Health: A Blog

You may have heard that cavities and oral decay are linked to things like heart disease, and, in fact, your oral health affects your entire body. Hi! My name is Brenda, and I like to look at things holistically. Because of that, I created this blog. I plan for its posts to look at the link between dental issues and other health issues. I hope that the people who visit this blog learn a few tips about oral care as well as gaining a deeper understanding of why it's so important. Healthy smiles indicate a healthy body, and I hope this blog helps you achieve both!