Many people are surprised at just how little discomfort they experience during dental implant placement surgery. But when the anesthesia wears off and you walk out of the dentist’s office, you’ll experience swelling and tenderness at the implant site for the next few days. While the bruising and swelling won’t be painful, you can expect to manage a bit of discomfort in the days after your surgery. Take a look at some care tips that could make your days after implant placement just as comfortable as the procedure itself.
One: Managing Bleeding
You can expect the implant sites to bleed for a least a few hours after your dental implant placement surgery is complete. You’ll be given gauze to bite down on to help clot the implant sites and start the healing process. You’ll be given extra gauze that you can use to continue to put pressure on the implant site, should the bleeding take longer to stop. The steps you take to manage the bruising and swelling of your gums will also help stop the bleeding.
Two: Managing Swelling
Use ice or ice packs to help bring the swelling down, applying the ice in roughly 15-minute intervals with ten to 15 minutes in between applications. You’ll also need to keep your head elevated, at least for the next eight hours, in order to avoid putting extra blood pressure on the clotting implant sites. The steps you take to manage pain relief will also help bring down the swelling.
Three: Pain Relief
For most people, some ibuprofen every six to eight hours is everything they need to keep the discomfort to a minimum. Ibuprofen can also help bring down the swelling of your gums. Talk to your doctor if you don’t feel off-the-shelf painkillers are enough.
Four: Food and Drink
For the first 48 hours following your procedure, you’ll need to stick with soft foods and liquids. And over the next few days thereafter, you’ll want to stick with foods you can easily chew through
Five: Oral Hygiene
Brush your teeth with extra care, especially around the implant sites. Avoid rinsing your mouth, drinking from straws or spitting for the first 24 hours after your procedure.
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