The first days of recovery following dental implant surgery will be uncomfortable. You can expect minor bleeding and swelling, but this is normal.
Our doctors may prescribe antibiotics and antiseptic mouthwash to help fight infection. You should be able to return to work two to three days following surgery. However, you will need to avoid any strenuous physical activity until you are cleared by one of our doctors.
Maintaining proper oral hygiene is important. You will need to be careful to brush slowly around the implant placement sites to avoid irritating the incisions. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and keep your mouth clean and free form food particles that might become trapped in your gums. Rinse your mouth out thoroughly after each meal to get rid of food particles. Make sure you take care to let the water fall out of your mouth rather than forcefully spitting.
Stitches will be removed one to two weeks following surgery.
We will provide you with personalized instructions on how best to handle side effects such as:
Swelling: Apply ice packs to your cheeks for the first 48 hours to reduce swelling, discomfort, and bruising. Sleeping with your head elevated may provide relief from swelling.
Pain: Our doctor will likely prescribe pain medication. In certain cases, we may recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers. We take each individual case into consideration and suit treatments to the needs of our patients.
Bleeding: We will provide gauze to stop any bleeding in your gums. Minor bleeding is normal in the days following surgery, but if you experience any excessive bleeding, notify us immediately.