You have just completed the first step of your implant treatment. The implant requires a clean environment in order to heal properly. In that regard, much of the success of this implant will depend on you. Proper care of your mouth will aid in the healing process and reduce the possibility of complications.
The following instructions will assist you in this healing phase
- Following the procedure, you may find it advisable to avoid vigorous activities for a few days.
- You might experience some swelling after the procedure. Ice packs will keep swelling and/or bruising to a minimum. Apply ice to your face on a “15 minute on a 15 minute off” cycle for the remainder of the day if possible. One way to make and effective ice pack is to put ice in a plastic bag and wrap in a towel, cloth or sock. If swelling persists after 48 hours, apply a warm moist towel.
- You may have some discomfort after the procedure. The amount of this discomfort depends on a number of factors including the number of implants placed and where they were placed. Pain medication will be prescribed.
- Your doctor may prescribe and antibiotic for you. It is important that you finish this medication unless otherwise directed.
- There is usually a minimal amount of bleeding following the procedure. We suggest that you bite on the gauze packing in your mouth for at least 20-30minutes. Some oozing may occur for a day or two after the surgery.
- Rinsing is very helpful in keeping your mouth clean. Warm salt-water rinses should be started the day after surgery. Rinse gently several times a day and continue to do so for ten to fourteen days.
- Do not attempt to floss, brush or water-pik in the area of surgery for the first two weeks. Keep your mouth clean with warm water rinses. Following the healing period, you will be instructed on further cleaning techniques. The rest of your mouth should continue to be cleaned as usual.
- Diet is very important in the postoperative period. Care should be taken to avoid hard or crunchy foods that might cause trauma to the implant area. Gently rinse with warm water after every meal.
- Smoking should be avoided for at least two weeks following surgery. This has been shown to negatively affect the healing process.
- Your doctor will decide when dentures or partial dentures may be worn after surgery, but they must be worn only with caution. Remember, no undue pressure should be applied over the implant surgical site. This can affect the success of your implant.
- Stitches if given, will be removed in 7-10 days, as deemed necessary by the doctor.
- Should you notice any swelling, redness or discomfort in the area of the implant after the healing phase, PLEASE NOTIFY THE CLINIC.
After completion of the implant treatment ( Placement of crown/denture)
- Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups
- Brush after eating and before bedtime around the implant with a soft toothbrush
- Floss at least once to twice a day. Use the proxy brush or floss threader to remove plaque under and around these areas to maintain good oral hygiene. Buildup of food debris and plaque on your teeth and gums can become infected.
- Rinse with fluoride rinse before bed. Swish the fluoride rinse vigorously in your mouth for at least one minute. Do not swallow any of the rinse and do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes
- Be careful about chewing toffees, gum, grainy rolls and tough food in this area
- Avoid biting into any hard food if you have implants for the front teeth
See your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleanings