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Implants

The procedure to place dental implants is often relatively quick since all the preparation and planning is done beforehand. Meticulous planning helps aid healing, so recovery is faster, smoother, and more comfortable.

While it is normal to feel some minor discomfort after the anaesthesia wears off, it’s not unusual to feel no pain, especially when receiving single dental implants. Patients will need to rest for the rest of the day, and physical activity should be kept to a minimum for several days after surgery.

After having dental implants is important not to disturb the surgery site and avoid touching the wound with your fingers or tongue for the first few days afterwards. It may appear as if a metal stump is protruding through the gums, and this is nothing to worry about as it will be part of the implant and is most likely a healing abutment that will help shape the gums in preparation for the implant restoration.

Bleeding

Initially, there may be slight bleeding, oozing or blood in saliva for the first one or two days after surgery. If the bleeding seems excessive, moisten a piece of gauze and place it carefully on the surgery site, biting down gently for 30 minutes. If the bleeding continues, call our practice for advice and further instructions.

Swelling

Any swelling may not be apparent until the day after surgery and may continue for two or three days postoperatively. It’s not uncommon to experience swelling around the mouth, eyes and cheeks. Applying ice for the first 36 hours can help reduce swelling. Use ice packs for 15 minutes on and then 15 minutes off. After this, using moist heat pads for fifteen minutes on and fifteen minutes off can be more helpful in reducing swelling.

Stitches

Any swelling may not be apparent until the day after surgery and may continue for two or three days postoperatively. It’s not uncommon to experience swelling around the mouth, eyes and cheeks. Applying ice for the first 36 hours can help reduce swelling. Use ice packs for 15 minutes on and then 15 minutes off. After this, using moist heat pads for fifteen minutes on and fifteen minutes off can be more helpful in reducing swelling.

Oral Hygiene

It is important to continue brushing and flossing other teeth, avoiding the surgery site and any stitches. As healing continues, it’s still important to be gentle when brushing these areas for the first one or two weeks. Begin using a warm salt water rinse 24 hours after surgery by dissolving half a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. The rinse can be used several times a day and is especially helpful after meals.

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