In the days following your surgery, minor bleeding, swelling, and discomfort are normal. Your dentist will provide personalized instructions on how to handle these side effects:
- Swelling: Applying ice packs against your cheeks during the first 48 hours can help reduce swelling, discomfort, and bruising. Sleeping with your head elevated can also ease swelling.
- Pain: Your doctor will probably prescribe pain medication. In some cases, your doctor may recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers in combination with prescription meds.
- Bleeding: Your dentist will provide gauze to stop bleeding in your gums. If you notice excessive bleeding, contact your dentist immediately.
To help fight infection, your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics and antiseptic mouthwash. Although you should be able to return to work two to three days after surgery, you should avoid strenuous physical activity until you are cleared by your doctor.
Studies have shown that with proper care and regular visits to your dentist, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Proper oral hygiene is also important, but you should carefully and slowly brush the area around the placement sites to avoid irritating your incisions. This is best done with a soft-bristled toothbrush. During this time, it is important to keep your mouth clean and free from food particles that could become trapped in your gums. To get rid of food particles, rinse your mouth out thoroughly after each meal, taking care to let the water fall out of your mouth rather than forcefully spitting.
Your dentist will prescribe a soft food diet for the first few days. Once you are healed, you will be able to enjoy your favorite foods and a varied diet once again.
Your stitches will be removed one to two weeks after surgery.