A dental implants procedure is an oral surgery that can be a little painful. Whether you get a local anesthetic or undergo sedation dentistry to deal with dental anxiety, you need to follow the post OP care after this surgery. The post-operative care for dental implants suggested by our dentists helps you speed your healing process.
Here are a few post-operative care tips for dental implants that you must follow after surgery.
Do Not Drive After Surgery
Our dentists suggest you not drive after your surgery, especially if you have undergone sedation. Ask your responsible friend or family member to drive you from our clinic so that you may reach your home safely.
Post-operative Care Tips for the Rest of the Day
- Do not spit. Instead, use a tissue to wipe your mouth whenever needed. You can also swallow your saliva.
- Do not use a straw for drinking water or other beverages.
- Avoid smoking after the surgery, and keep your tongue or fingers away from the area of dental implants.
Following the above-listed instructions seriously is vital. If not, the area operated on during surgery may get injured and lead to serious bleeding.
How to Manage Bleeding?
You may witness some minor bleeding from the surgical area after the surgery. In many cases, the bleeding subsides quickly and stops within 1-2 hours of the treatment. Our dentists state that it is normal that some blood may ooze out of your mouth. Keep gauze on the surgical area and bite it with pressure for 30-40 minutes. If the bleeding doesn't stop, please reach out to us, and we'll help.
How to Manage Swelling?
You may experience some swelling after the treatment, which is usually mild. Do not worry, as the swelling may increase for 24-48 hours before going away. Use an ice pack or a cold compress to manage it.
What Should You Eat?
Start eating soft foods like pasta, soup, mashed potatoes, cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs after your sedation wears off. We do not recommend chewing directly from the surgical area. You may resume your regular diet as per the instructions of the dentist, which is when the wound heals.
How to Maintain Oral Hygiene?
You may resume rinsing your mouth a day after the surgery, but it is critical not to be harsh while doing so. Use warm salt water and be gentle with the practice. You may brush your teeth like usual, but be careful while reaching the surgical site.
Other Things to Know
The sutures used during the surgery will dissolve and fall out on their own.
If our dentists have placed a bone graft material during surgery, you may notice gritty material in the mouth. It should subside within 1-2 days.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Salida, CA, to have a consultation with our dentists. Please call us at (209) 732-1123 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.