Dental implants give you a permanent, long-term fix for your missing teeth, and they look just like your natural teeth. An added bonus is that you don’t have to avoid certain foods like you do with a bridge.
To make your dental implant procedure a success, it’s imperative that you follow all your oral surgeon’s instructions precisely. Since you’ll likely have had anesthesia for the procedure, the recovery phase guidelines are essential to ensuring your safety throughout this stage.
Right After the Procedure
On your first day with your new implants, be sure not to touch the surgical site — you don’t want to loosen the stitches. You’ll notice that swelling begins right away and typically reaches its peak about 48 hours following surgery. Apply ice to help bring the swelling down and to relieve pain. Do not drink through a straw — this can cause bleeding.
Every two to three hours, rinse your mouth with warm salt water. You can still brush your teeth, but avoid the implant area. Facilitate healing by resting for at least a few days and delaying rigorous physical activity for a couple of weeks.
Bleeding and Pain: What to Expect
Bleeding after getting dental implants isn’t unusual. You could see blood in your saliva for up to two days afterward. However, when bleeding persists for hours after that’s heavy enough to soak through the gauze, you should call the surgeon’s office. It’s possible that stitches may have come loose.
Your oral surgeon will likely prescribe pain medication to help you with discomfort in the days following. Although the anesthetic won’t wear off for a couple of hours, fill your prescription right away because when it does, you’ll need pain relief.
Keeping your mouth clean throughout the healing process will help this stage to progress faster. Avoid the incision, but use an irrigator to spray it after healing has progressed. You can use hot water to soften your toothbrush bristles before brushing near the surgical site.
After the first three days of rinsing with warm salt water every two to three hours, extend this to three to four times per day and continue with this schedule for at least two weeks. This is key to sanitizing the region.
Take All Prescription Medications
You will receive an antibiotic to help defend against infection. Taking this is not optional! While you can forego prescription pain medications if you don’t feel like you need them, you always need to follow instructions when it comes to antibiotics. Take the full course on schedule.
Signs You Should Call
Persistent bleeding, a fever spike and extreme pain that does not recede within 48 hours are all signs you should call our office for care. At Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we want to make dental implants work for you — we’re here for you from beginning to end to bring you successful tooth replacement with sturdy, quality dental implants.