Fountain Valley, CA
After Implant Placement
Taking care of your dental implant is an important part of the recovery process. At Bijan Family Dental Practice we will explain how the they work and what is expected from patients when the dental implant procedure is finished. There are certain steps patients can take to ensure the implants heal correctly.
Taking Care of the Implants After Surgery
Following the surgical procedure, do not touch the implant site. This can cause additional bleeding and might cause them to shift. For the rest of the day, bite down gently and eat soft foods. Do not drink hot liquids either. Patients should continue this until the anesthesia wears off.
General tenderness is to be expected. Ice packs can help alleviate swelling. Make sure to rest, avoid smoking, and abstain from any alcohol for the first 72 hours following the procedure. Patients can still brush and floss carefully to maintain proper oral hygiene, but need to do so carefully, avoiding vigorous mouth rinsing.
Caring for Implants in the Following Days
Anesthesia will have worn off by the next day, making the surgical site more painful and tender. Patients still need to be diligent in their care of the surgical site.
Control the Bleeding
It is normal for bleeding to continue from the implant site for up to 72 hours after the surgery. The best way to control this is to gently bite down on gauze for an hour or so. Repeat this a few times a day. If the bleeding is excessive, a moistened tea bag will work as well. If the bleeding continues after 72 hours, contact our offices right away for further instructions.
Manage the Discomfort
The anesthesia should help to manage any pain or issues after the surgery but as it wears off patients may feel a little discomfort for a few days after surgery. Some patients will have soreness in their throat and difficulty swallowing. Patients should not worry, these are normal. Our professionals will instruct you on other options to help with any discomfort and swelling. Patients should continue to take their antibiotics to avoid infections as well.
Get Enough Rest
It is important to rest following dental implant surgery to ensure proper healing. Though most of our patients are fine going back to work the next day, those with jobs requiring strenuous activity should take a few days off. All patients should avoid vigorous exercise and exertion for at least one week. Getting plenty of sleep will help the healing process.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is always important but no more so than after dental implant surgery. Brush your teeth gently and avoid contacting the implant. Rinse the mouth with a teaspoon of salt and warm water to remove any extra food after each meal. Avoid electric toothbrushes and flossers for a few days to avoid the potential for any damage. Do this for at least a week before going back to your normal mouth wash routines.
At Bijan Family Dental Practice we are happy to provide our patients with dental implants and the aftercare necessary to ensure proper placement. When you are ready to set up your appointment for a dental implant, call us at (714) 421-4494.