A dental implant procedure is an oral surgery and as such you will need to understand and follow post-operative instructions to ensure your implants last a long time. At Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics, Dr. Cassity and Dr. Badger we can offer you guidance on how to care for yourself and your implants after surgery.
Managing Pain and Swelling
It is perfectly normal to experience some minor bleeding, swelling, and discomfort once the effect of the anesthesia has worn off. However, these can easily be managed by over-the-counter painkillers. You may also place a cold compress on the side of the face to curb the swelling during the first 24 hours after the surgery. Also, make sure to not prod the surgical site with your tongue or finger.
We may also prescribe antibiotic medication after the implant procedure to prevent the risk of infection.
Eating and Drinking
In the first few days after the dental implant surgery, you will be required to be on a liquid or soft diet. You may have food like applesauce, bread in milk, soup, ice cream, and pureed food. Also, avoid eating spicy or hot food to avoid irritating the wound.
After three to four days, you can return to your normal diet. However, you will need to avoid chewing with the implant until it is fully healed.
If you want your dental implant surgery to be a success, it is vital that you exercise proper oral hygiene. On the day of the surgery, you should brush and floss in between your teeth, while avoiding the implant site. However, you cannot rinse. On the next day, you can start rinsing your mouth gently with a saltwater solution, particularly after eating.
After a few days, you should carefully clean the area around the implant with a cotton swab with a mild cleaning solution, rather than a toothbrush.
Bad Lifestyle Habits
If you smoke or consume alcohol excessively, it is important that you quit, at least temporarily, until your dental implant becomes fused to the bone. Smoking and alcohol interfere with the process of osseointegration, resulting in the formation of weak and fibrous tissue, which cannot anchor the implant. In addition, substance misuse can also prevent proper healing and lead to other complications.
Even though your dental implants cannot decay like your natural teeth, that does not mean you can become lax when it comes to your continued oral hygiene. Your mouth is still susceptible to periodontal disease, which can damage your gums and hard tissues, loosening the dental implant and resulting in implant failure. It is important that you observe good oral hygiene and not skip your routine dental appointments.
If you have bruxism, you may need to invest in a night guard or oral splint to protect your dental implants as well as your natural teeth, if you have any.
Your dental implants are the most durable, comfortable, and effective tooth replacement devices. However, their success and longevity depend on how well you care for them. If you would like to know more about how to care for your dental implants, call us at South Ogden: (385) 626-0977 Kaysville: (385) 439-0101 to schedule a consultation with us.