Dental Implant Aftercare Tips

By Steven Kail on October 22, 2017

A model of a dental implantDental implants provide a permanent, natural feeling solution to replacing missing teeth and restoring the health and beauty of the smile. Dental implants require minor surgery. Accordingly, successful dental implant treatment largely depends on proper aftercare practices.

Drs. Steven Kail, Joseph Leonard, and Chris Arnold provide detailed instructions for dental implant aftercare during patient consultation at their Jackson, TN practice. Please schedule a consultation to receive your detailed dental implant aftercare instructions. In the meantime, consider these dental implant aftercare tips to help with your recovery.

Aftercare during the First 24 Hours

Patients should expect some bleeding, swelling, and pain after surgery. Biting on a clean gauze pad for 30 minutes can help stop bleeding if it increases at any point after surgery. However, bleeding that does not stop should be brought to your surgeon's attention.

Swelling and pain may be managed by applying ice packs to the cheeks and taking pain medications as advised.

Immediately after dental implant surgery and for the next 24 hours, patients should not rinse their mouths or forcefully spit, as this can dislodge the blood clot that forms around the incision site.

Do Not Smoke

Smoking is one of the biggest causes of dental implant failure and should be avoided throughout recovery. Smoking is detrimental to dental implant recovery because it interferes with the body's ability to heal and increases the risk of infection and other complications at the implant site. Those who smoke and plan to undergo dental implant surgery must be prepared not to smoke for several weeks to months.

Practice Care When Brushing and Flossing

After dental implant surgery, there will be a wound within the gums where the implant was placed. It's important to avoid touching the wound with the tongue, finger, or toothbrush.

With that said, it's important to continue brushing and flossing the teeth as a clean mouth helps reduce infection at the implant site. When brushing and flossing for the first several days after surgery, care should be taken to avoid touching the implant site.

Eat Carefully and Adjust the Diet

Care should also be taken to keep food away from the surgical site because food debris can become lodged within the incision and lead to infection or other complications. Patients should also switch to a soft diet of foods like soups, purees, and yogurt. Soft foods are less likely to irritate the implant site. Alcohol should also be avoided during the first week of recovery to help the gums heal.

Rinsing with water or dentist approved mouthwash after eating is recommended to help keep the mouth clean. Additionally, rinsing with warm salt water for a week after surgery can further help keep the mouth clean and aid in healing.

Learn More about Dental Implant Aftercare

Proper aftercare can help ensure a speedy recovery and prevent dental implant failure. Following all post-operative instructions and aftercare tips is key to the success of your dental implant treatment. For more information about dental implant aftercare, please schedule a consultation at Premier Dental.

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