Dental Implants have become a common surgical procedure in the field of dentistry. With modern advancements in Dental technology, the Implant failure rate has been drastically reduced and has hence become very minimal. Implantologists take extra care to plan the procedure and manage the healing process to avoid potential complications. The success of the implants not only lies in the hands of the implantologists but also in the hands of the patients. Post-Surgical care plays an important role in the success of Dental Implants. Here are a few tips on how to care for your newly placed dental implants.
The post-surgical care for a Dental Implant occurs in two stages, namely Immediate Care which is the care given within 24-48 hours), and the Long Term Care.
Immediate Care after Getting Dental Implants
Swelling – Discomfort and swelling will be present for the first 24-48 hours. Applying ice packs can help relieve the swelling. Keeping your head elevated while sleeping can also help ease the swelling.
Pain – Your implantologist will prescribe you with oral painkillers based on the complexity of the surgery and your tolerance to pain. It is necessary to take these drugs after prescription.
Bleeding – Bleeding from the surgical site is in fact very normal after dental implant surgery. To stop bleeding, bite down a few damp gauze pieces for 2-5 minutes. Repeat if bleeding does not stop. In the presence of excessive bleeding, contact your implantologist immediately.
Infection – To prevent the entry of bacteria from the site of surgery and causing infection, your doctor will prescribe you with antibiotics and antiseptic mouthwash. Make sure to gargle with an antiseptic mouthwash to prevent infection from occurring.
Eating – Heavy chewing should be avoided in the first few days after the surgery. Completely avoid eating hard foods to prevent damage to the implant. Eat soft and easy to chew foods for the first few days. Avoid chewing on the side where the new dental implant was laid.
Brushing – You can brush your teeth gently around the implant area. Use a soft-bristled tooth brush. Do not use electronic or sonic toothbrushes.
Healing – Hot saltwater mouthwashes are an excellent home remedy that aids in the process of healing. Repeat this process for 1 week. Ensure that the water is not too hot. Pour the warm saltwater in your mouth and hold it over the side where the dental implants were laid newly. Hold the warm salt water until it cools. Smoking should be stopped until further advice from your dentist because smoking can delay the healing process.
Long Term Care after Getting Dental Implants
- Smoking should be completely avoided. The best advice is to quit smoking completely.
- Patients with diabetes should be on a strict diet to control to keep their blood glucose level under control.
- Oral hygiene should be maintained. Brush, floss and use mouth washes regularly.