Within 24 Hours after the Dental Implant
During the first hour after the dental implant surgery, it is necessary for the patient to keep a firm but gentle pressure on gauze with a bite. This will help to keep the gauze in place. It is not recommended to change out the gauze within the first hour, except where there is persistent bleeding. And where the patient needs to change the gauze, the new gauze must be set in place for 30 minutes. After then, the gauze should be changed every 30 to 45 minutes.
Within 24 hours after the dental implant, the patient may experience any of the following symptoms:
- Persistent bleeding
All these symptoms are expected signs that the healing process is taking place within the patient’s body. Sometimes, these symptoms may persist throughout the recovery period. Just ensure that good oral hygiene is observed. In order to make the recovery process faster with minimal pain, here are some tips to follow:
- 24 hours after the surgery, gently rinse the mouth with salt water about 2 to 3 times daily.
- If necessary, apply ice to the mouth.
- Be careful not to disturb the surgical areas
- Brush your teeth the night of the oral surgery with a soft toothbrush and carry out proper oral hygiene
- Take adequate rest as much as possible
Days after Surgery
By 2 to 3 days after surgery, a natural healing process should continue in the body by itself, however, proper mouth care and oral hygiene would help the recovery process along.
It’s possible to notice bruising or a greenish-yellowish discoloration around the surgical areas, this is normal and should last only for about 2 to 3 days after the surgery, after which moist heat can be applied to the surgical areas to decrease the discoloration.
After undergoing dental implant surgery, if you feel a sharp protrusion on the edge of your tooth/teeth, this is normal and shouldn’t bother you, but if you feel concerned, feel free to call our office. More so, you may experience stiff jaw muscles, a sore throat, and dry lips, all these are normal signs of having gauze in your mouth and should leave after about 2 to 3 days after surgery.
Another thing the patient should consider during dental implant recovery process is his/her diet. To help in speeding up the healing process, the patient may need to temporarily change his/her diet so as to help the mouth heal up properly and quickly. This may not sound too favorable, but it can be a great help. Try as much as possible to avoid direct contact with the dental implants for as long as possible. This means going on mostly soft foods until the surgery areas are fully healed as well as alternating the side of the mouth you’re chewing on.
Some foods that should be eaten after the oral surgery include Rice, Oatmeal, Noodles, Healthy juice or smoothies, Fish, Eggs, Bananas, Baked beans, Avocado, etc.
Some foods that should be avoided include: Acidic foods, such as orange juice, limes, lemon, tomatoes, etc.; Hard foods, such as apples, nuts, and chips; Popcorn; Spicy foods (they may cause a sort of discomfort)
Generally, during dental implants recovery process, endeavor to stick to mushy and soft foods. Avoid spicy, sticky, acidic, and hard foods.
By now, you would have known what to expect after your dental implant surgery, the average recovery time, the possible signs and symptoms, and everything you should do to make the recovery process easier. If you need more dentists’ recommendations, or you have any question relating to dental implant procedures, don’t hesitate to call our office today.