The dental implant surgery is one of the most transformative surgeries in the dental field. It has some of the best outcomes in the dental field. However, patients should make sure that they follow appropriate post-surgical care procedures. This is especially important in the first month of the surgery, when the dental implant is fusing with the natural bone tissue in the jaw. This healing process is crucial to the determining the success of the surgery. A most important requirement is that you do not disturb the wound that has been created due to the result of the surgery. In effect, you should avoid spitting and rinsing the mouth for the first 24 hours after the surgery. Better avoid touching the mouth altogether during this period.
There are other important general instructions which should be followed in order to ensure a successful outcome.
All the relevant anti infection medicine should be taken by the patient. This means that the patient should ensure that they take the prescribed antibiotics at the time duration specified by the surgeon. Additionally, it can be recommended that 24 hours after the surgery the patient can orally rinse his or her mouth, twice daily using a prescribed oral rinse. The doctor might also recommend a saltwater rinse multiple times a day.
Initially, in the first 24 hours of the surgery some amount of blood in patient’s saliva is accepted. Bleeding can be reduced by biting on gauze pads. These standardize pressure and help bleeding to reduce.
In relation to pain, the doctor will prescribe you with the relevant pain killers that will help to counter the pain as soon as the sedative wears off.
In terms of diet, it is recommended that soft foods should be taken by the patient. The patient can resume with the normal means as soon as the doctor recommends them to do so.
Being clean and hygienic is essential for the dental implants to be healed completely. This means that the site where the surgery has taken place should be sanitised regularly. Along with the oral rinses, brushing your teeth (not the implant) will help in keeping your mouth clean.
After any surgery a certain amount of swelling will result. In order to reduce swelling you can use ice as well as trying to keep your level of engagement low.
With dental implant surgery, it is important that you have adequate protection in the night. This means wearing prosthesis for a specified number of days, usually 10.
An important precaution in dental implant surgeries is that, if you are a smoker you should refrain from smoking for at least a period of 2 weeks after the surgery has been conducted. Failure to do so could mean the implant not integrating with bone tissue. Meaning a failure of the operation.