After dental implant surgery, it’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions to ensure a successful recovery. Here are some comprehensive aftercare instructions that you should follow:
- Bite down on gauze pads for 30 minutes after surgery to help control bleeding. Replace the gauze pads as necessary until bleeding has stopped.
- Apply an ice pack to the outside of your cheek for 20 minutes at a time to help reduce swelling. You can repeat this every few hours for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery.
- Avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, and using a straw for the first 24 hours after surgery as these can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.
- Take any prescribed pain medication as directed by your dentist to help manage discomfort.
- Eat only soft foods for the first few days after surgery. Avoid hard or crunchy foods that can damage the implant site.
- Brush your teeth as normal but be gentle around the implant site. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid flossing near the implant site for the first week after surgery.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water 2-3 times a day, starting the day after surgery. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and swish it around your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting it out.
- Avoid strenuous physical activity for the first few days after surgery. This can increase blood flow to the implant site and cause bleeding.
- Attend all follow-up appointments with your dentist as scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure proper healing.
By following these aftercare instructions, you can help ensure a successful recovery after dental implant surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact your dentist for further guidance.