Whether you’re starting to research a dental implant procedure or you’re well on your way to recovering, there are many tips and tricks to make the recovery process as smooth as possible.
What to Expect
Immediately after surgery, soreness and swelling are normal but should start to subside after 48 hours. You may also notice bruising, but this will lessen over the next few days. We recommend following your doctor’s aftercare instructions unique to your implant placement.
Immediately after surgery, do not rinse your mouth for the next 24 hours. If swelling starts to occur, use cold compresses to soothe inflammation while still being careful not to irritate the treatment site. You can also try elevating your head while you sleep to help with the swelling.
What to Avoid
Of all the aftercare recommendations, the do’s and don’ts of what to avoid are the most critical components to a smooth, speedy recovery. The following guideline illustrates what you should avoid during this healing period:
- Alcohol should be avoided for the first week of recovery.
- Smoking should be avoided throughout the entire healing process.
- Avoid hot food and drinks for the first 48 hours after surgery.
- Avoid solid foods for two weeks.
- Do not exercise or participate in any strenuous activity for the first 48 hours following surgery.
Do not touch the treatment site, especially the implant itself. Also, make sure not to aggravate the area with your tongue.
Managing Pain and Discomfort
Over the course of recovery, pain should be minimal. If it becomes unmanageable, your doctor can prescribe you pain medication to help. Simply follow the directions provided regarding the amount to take and stick to a strict schedule. If pain increases after the first 48 hours, you should contact your doctor’s office.
Light bleeding is expected immediately after surgery and it may take several hours for the surgical site to properly clot. If bleeding is excessive, you can apply gauze and bite down to apply pressure. Maintain constant pressure and avoid lying down, extreme excitement, or anything that might encourage more bleeding.
The concept of dental implant surgery may sound intimidating to some patients, but our team is here to address any concerns or questions you may have. If you’re a current patient who recently underwent surgery and have specific aftercare questions, please don’t hesitate to give our team at Mesa Ridge Dental a call!