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Recovering from the Hybrid Dental Implants Procedure
After receiving hybrid dental implants, you may want to know some basic guidelines that will help aid in your speedy and complete recovery. Here are some best practices to follow after undergoing a hybrid dental implant procedure.
What should I do after hybrid dental implant surgery?
Patients who have undergone hybrid dental implant procedures will want to plan on taking it easy for the first 72 hours after surgery, to fully rest and recover. If the dentist placed the patient under general anesthesia or IV sedation, the patient may experience some dizziness, light-headedness and a general feeling of being groggy, sleepy or slightly out of sorts. This is to be expected and is nothing to be concerned about. Any patient who was placed under general anesthesia or IV sedation should have a responsible adult accompany them at all times for 12 hours after the surgical procedure.
Patients should refrain from pulling on their lips or cheeks to inspect the surgical sites, as this could delay healing, or loosen or tear sutures. Patients should take all prescribed medications as directed by their dentist or dental professional. Some swelling is to be expected.
After a hybrid dental implant procedure, significant swelling may occur. To minimize any possible swelling, patients are advised to apply an ice pack on both sides of their face for 15-minute intervals — 15 minutes on, followed by 15 minutes off. This should be done for the remainder of the day after the surgical procedure has been performed.
On the following and subsequent days, patients may wish to administer moist heat by applying a washcloth soaked in hot water to either or both sides of the face intermittently for the following 48 to 72 hours. Any swelling that is present can be expected to reach its maximum extent within the first 72 hours after the procedure; it will then slowly decrease over the next several days.
Some bruising may occur
After hybrid dental implant surgery, some bruising may occur. Bruising will usually develop within a few days of the procedure and may occur above, below or both above and below where the implants were placed. This is entirely normal and generally fades after the first week.
Eating after surgery
Patients should be on a diet of soft foods for the first three months following the procedure, as the hybrid dental implants are healing during this time, and the temporary prosthesis that the patient is wearing over the implants is not suitable for chewing hard foods. Foods that are soft and easy to chew should be eaten exclusively.
Maintaining normal dental hygiene
It is important to maintain a proper routine of dental hygiene following the procedure. During the first week, the patient should use the syringe provided by their dental professional after the procedure to gently clean the mouth with lukewarm water. After two weeks, the patient may use a water flosser on its most gentle setting.
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