Implant After Care
Immediately After Implant Placement
Take care to only have cold drinks and do not eat until the local anaesthetic has worn off. Avoid hot drinks or hot food for the first day and do not 'swill' liquid over the area. Try not to disturb the area with your tongue or fingers. Do not undertake strenuous exercise for the first 48 hours (running / gym).
What to Expect
Some swelling is normal and will start to resolve after 48 hours. There may be bruising on the skin which will clear after a few days. Swelling can be reduced with ice packs (or frozen peas) wrapped in a towel. Hold on the cheek area for a maximum of 10 minutes at a time with 20 minutes break. After 24 hours gentle heat is more beneficial. Sleeping on 2-3 pillows may also help.
If you have a denture that covers the surgical area please wear as little as possible for the first week to protect the implant, if a bone graft has been carried out the denture may not be worn for up to 6 weeks. Do not bite into any food with this denture.
Although you may feel the length of the entire implant procedure a little daunting, you are now on the next step to your new smile. Just think how happy and confident you will feel when you have achieved the final result! It is not an exaggeration to say that patients have said that the treatment they have completed has transformed their lives in a amazingly positive way.
Will it be Painful?
Pain should not be a problem. Although after the procedure you may experience some discomfort/soreness for a few days this can be easily managed with simple analgesics (Nurofen, Paracetamol) which you should take regularly for 2 days at the stated dose. Take your first dose before the local anaesthetic has worn off. If pain increases after 48 hours you should contact The Slade Implant Centre, our implant co-ordinators are on hand to discuss any worries or concerns you may have. All our patients are given a post operative pack following an implant placement with full aftercare instructions.
Aftercare Instructions Following Placement of Dental Implants
- Do not rinse your mouth for the next 24 hours after the operation.
- Smoking is one of the main causes of implant failure. If you want our help in trying to quit smoking, please give us a call or talk to your implant coordinator. If you are going to continue smoking regardless, you are advised not to smoke until the wound has healed as this severely limits healing in the mouth.
- Try to keep food away from the surgical area as long as possible. Rinse following eating, to keep the area as clean as possible.
- You should limit your diet to soft foods (soups, purees) for up to 2 weeks following the procedure.
- Avoid alcohol for the first week following the procedure, to allow the gingivae (gum) to heal.
- The stitches will need to be removed one or two weeks after the procedure. Some bleeding is normal. If this persists apply pressure with a dampened gauze or clean handkerchief for 30 minutes. If the bleeding continues contact your Implant Co-ordinator at the Slade Implant Centre.
- If you have had a graft you may notice some small granules appearing in your mouth.
- If you have been given antibiotics please complete the course as per instructions.
- If you experience increasing pain or swelling after 3-4 days you should contact us for a review.
- Cleaning - Successful implant surgery depends on keeping the mouth as clean as possible
- You should also start cleaning your other teeth on the evening of surgery. Avoid the surgical site for the first 2 days, but then very carefully clean this area as well when tenderness permits.
- Please start to use proprietary brand mouthwash (containing chlorohexidine) 24 hours after surgery and continue 2-3 times a day for 1 week. This is very important.
- Do not use a water jet or an electric toothbrush.
- Hot, salt mouthwashes (cup of hot water with a teaspoon of salt) are beneficial for healing in the first week.
- You are advised to have regular (3 monthly) visits with a dental professional to ensure the implant is kept as clean as possible.
We want your recovery to be as smooth and pleasant as possible. It is vital to follow these instructions very carefully - if you have any concerns or questions regarding your progress, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our trained members of staff are always happy to help you.