Caring for New Dental Implants
You’ve recently decided to get new dental implants, and you may be feeling a little anxious as to what to expect post-surgery. Your oral surgeon will give you specific post-operative instructions the day you receive your dental implants. But to ease your anxiety and nerves a bit, here is an overview of some information that you can expect to receive the day you get your dental implants.
The day of your dental implant surgery, it is important that you refrain from disturbing your affected wound area. Do your best not to harshly rinse, spit too much, or physically touch the wound. A metal abutment will be coming through your gum – as tempting as it may be to explore that wound site with your tongue or fingers, it is imperative that you avoid the temptation. By avoiding the implant wound you will minimize infection and help speed up your recovery process.
To minimize the risk for infection even more, Dr. Davis may also prescribe you antibiotics or antiseptics. Please ensure that you take any medicine or prescription mouthwash as prescribed by your oral surgeon. The first several days after receiving your dental implants be sure to be cautious when brushing and flossing.
Common Symptoms to Expect
After your dental implant has been placed, you can expect to have the following common symptoms:
- Swelling of your gums and face
- Bruising of your skin and gums
- Minor to moderate pain at the implant site
- Minor bleeding
All of these symptoms should only last a couple days to a week following your implant surgery. If excessive pain, bleeding, or swelling occurs, please give us a call immediately 919-488-2194.
Diet & Lifestyle Changes
To speed up the recovery process after getting dental implants, you may need to make a few diet and lifestyle changes for a few weeks. First and foremost, it’s important that you drink plenty of fluids. In addition, avoid hot and cold beverages and foods. Consume only soft foods until you feel comfortable to resume your normal diet.
Make time to rest, relax, and heal after getting your surgery. You’ll be amazed how much resting can affect your healing time. Be cognizant that high intensity exercise immediately after your surgery could cause your implant site to gush and throb. Follow a more laid back schedule and avoid any highly involved activities for at least for few days post-surgery.
Lastly, if you are a patient that uses dentures, you won’t be able to wear those for 1-2 weeks following your surgery.
Contact Dr. Davis
If you are having trouble with your dental implants, contact Davis Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center in Raleigh, or call 919-488-2194.