Dental Implant Recovery…Make it Quick! | Dental Implants 11357

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Being prepared for dental implant surgery will help you recover as quickly as possible after the procedure. Following these tips provided by our Queens Dental Implants experts will ensure successful healing and success with your dental implant.

Make sure you have a ride home.

In the case of dental implant surgery that will require you to be put to sleep, you will need someone else to drive you home. After a procedure, it takes some time for alertness and coordination to return. Additionally, minor blurred vision following general anesthesia is not uncommon. Therefore, it is always recommended that you do not drive or operate machinery for 24 hours after surgery. Getting someone to drive you home is the first step to making a speedy recovery.

Helping your mouth to produce blood clots

It’s normal to experience bleeding from the surgical site for up to 48–72 hours following a dental implant placement procedure. During this rest period, firmly bite down on gauze sponges. You can stop bleeding by applying slight pressure by biting down on the gauze your doctor provided. Using this process also promotes blood clots, so avoid rinsing, aggravating the delicate tissue, and promoting bleeding. 

When you have a dental implant placed in the upper jaw, you may experience nose bleeding. When this happens, avoid blowing your nose and apply light pressure to the bridge of your nose to encourage clotting.

Bleeding that persists shouldn’t be ignored.

After a dental implant has been placed, you may experience more bleeding than you expected. If you feel you are bleeding excessively or heavily, follow these steps to help promote blood clots and decrease bleeding:

  • If you have large clots in your mouth, gently wipe them away.
  • Fold two gauze pads and place them over the bleeding site.
  • Without changing the gauze, bite down firmly for one hour.
  • Repeat the process several times until the bleeding stops.

You can also use moistened regular (non-herbal or decaf) tea bags wrapped in gauze to reduce bleeding. Put the tea bags directly over the bleeding area and bite down firmly for an hour.

Stick to soft foods for 24 hours.

You can remove the gauze pads placed by your dental implant specialist one hour after surgery if you wish to eat. Soft foods should be consumed for the first 24 hours after surgery. Hot or spicy foods should be avoided for several hours after surgery.

Minimize swelling

Swelling usually occurs as part of the natural healing process, especially after bone grafting. Following oral surgery, facial swelling typically increases for 3–4 days. The swelling should subside soon after that. If you have implants on both sides, it is not uncommon for one side of your mouth to be more swollen or uncomfortable than the other. 

To minimize swelling, apply a cold pack to the cheek area for a maximum of ten minutes at a time, with a twenty-minute break between sessions. After 24 hours, gentle heat may be more effective in treating swelling and bruising.

Be sure to take all antibiotics prescribed to you.

It is necessary to take antibiotics after dental implant surgery. Implants or bone grafts are treated with antibiotics to prevent infection. To ensure proper dosage, follow the bottle’s instructions and continue taking the medication until it is finished. If you develop a reaction to the antibiotics, such as a skin rash, stop taking the medication right away and consult your doctor.

Smoking should be avoided.

Smoking of any kind after oral surgery interferes with the healing process. It can also lead to infections. It is not uncommon for dental implants and bone grafting procedures to fail, with the failure rate being higher in smokers than in nonsmokers.

Schedule a follow-up appointment

You’ll likely need to see your implant provider three weeks after the surgery. During the follow-up exam, the healing torque of the implant will be tested, or for the second stage of the procedure to uncover the implant and place the healing abutment, if your implant was placed in a two-stage process.

If you’d like more information about how to recover quickly from dental implant surgery or if you’re ready to transform your smile with dental implants, please call our Dental Implants Queens office today.

Queens Center for Implant and Sedation Dentistry
Phone: 718-767-9224
14-19 150th Street 1A
Whitestone, NY 11357