Dental Implant Restoration – The First Week After the Surgery
The most common question we hear about Dental Implant restoration procedure is related to the pain and discomfort after the surgery. Though pain is an inevitable factor of oral surgeries, one should note that, with dental implant restoration procedure, it lasts for only a few days. The discomfort from the surgery is negligible as compared to the wonderful tooth replacement that patients get for the entire life. The first week after the surgery is the most crucial time. Patients may experience pain, swelling and bleeding. With proper care, pain can be alleviated and the healing process of the dental implant starts off. Our dentists recommend steps that can help patients fight pain and discomfort during the first week. Following the instructions of our dentist makes the healing process more effective and quick.
Pain, Bleeding and Swelling
Following the surgery, patients can experience pain once the local anesthesia starts to wear. The pain may persist for about 2 days. Pain medicines can be taken after the surgery, before the wearing out of local anesthesia to help alleviate pain. If the pain is too severe, patients should contact the dentist who may prescribe suitable medicines to counter pain.
Bleeding after surgery is a common phenomenon. Gauze is placed over the surgical sight. Patients should gently yet firmly bite on the gauze. If there is bleeding, patients can replace the gauze with another dampened gauze placed in the surgical sight. If bleeding is unstoppable, patients should contact the dentist immediately.
Patients may experience swelling for the first few days after the surgery. Our dentist recommends the use of ice pack to reduce the swelling. The ice packs may be placed over the swelling for about 20 minutes. This can be done several times with a break of 20 minutes each time for the first 1-2 days.
Physical activities post surgery
Dentists may advise patients to take bed rest for the first 2-3 days post surgery. Bending down and lifting heavy objects may increase blood flow and hence bleeding. Patients may be advised not to exercise for the first 3 days after the surgery.
Oral care and diet after surgery
Patients may be advised to brush teeth and use mouth wash/prescribed oral rinse on the evening after the surgery. It is important to maintain oral hygiene since infection can badly affect the healing process and oral health. Patients may be advised to gently rinse the mouth using salt water. This should be done after every meal to ensure the surgical sight is free from food particles and bacteria.
Patients may be advised to eat soft and cold food for first few days. Hard food items that require too much of chewing may have to be avoided. Dentists may recommend returning to the normal diet once the implant starts to heal.
If you have any further queries about dental implant restoration or aftercare, meet our dentist. Our dental implant consultation at our Sun City Dental El Paso, Texas office can help you make an informed decision.
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