After oral surgery, it’s crucial to maintain proper care of your mouth to ensure you experience a healthy healing process. This is especially true after your dental implant surgery. While dental implants have one of the highest success rates in cosmetic dentistry, there is a slight chance of implant failure. To make sure you have all the knowledge and guidance you need, it’s vital to ask the right questions. Here are some of the most common post-op dentistry questions we find our patients asking.
How long will bleeding occur?
For the first 24 hours following your surgery, you’ll likely have some bleeding or “oozing.” Bleeding shouldn’t be heavy, but you may see a red tint in your saliva. Following your surgery, we will give you gauze to bite down on. We also ask that patients avoid spitting, blowing their nose, or rinsing immediately following their surgery, which can cause bleeding to increase. We also recommend patients avoid sucking through straws. While a cold drink may sound nice after dental surgery, the suction caused by straws can dislodge the blood clot needed to heal.
How long will I experience pain?
This is one of the most common post-op dentistry questions we’re asked. Pain varies from person to person depending on the number of teeth extracted/implants placed and their pain tolerance. Some patients experience very minimal pain that only requires an over-the-counter treatment, while others may need a prescription strength pill. The discomfort feels the worst after the numbness from the surgery wears off. However, most people feel much better after a day or two. If you are prescribed a painkiller, be sure to take it as instructed to ease the pain and healing process.
Can I brush my teeth after my implant surgery?
It’s extremely important to keep brushing your teeth after the surgery. Once 24 hours have passed to allow the bleeding to stop, brushing your teeth can help keep the treatment site clean and prevent complications such as infection. Be mindful of the treatment area and clean it as gently as possible. Brushing with full force may cause bleeding. Additionally, we recommend patients rinse their mouths with warm salt water starting 24 hours after their treatment. This is a great way to take care of any swelling and clean away debris.
When and what can I eat?
Another of the most popular post-op dentistry questions! You may eat after your surgery. For the first several days following your procedure, sticking with softer foods is the best way to ensure that the implant site doesn’t get damaged. The safest foods to eat include:
- Mashed potatoes
- Ice cream
Try to stick to foods that require very little to no chewing. And avoid crunchy or hard foods, as they will cause bleeding.
When can I resume my normal activities?
Most people feel comfortable enough to move around within two or three days following their surgery. At that time, you are free to return to work and carry on with your life. If you wish to exercise, stick to light activity in the days following your surgery. Doing rigorous activities too soon after surgery may result in bleeding from the surgical site.
How DICE Dental can help
DICE Dental provides affordable dental implants in Bethlehem Township. During a free consultation, we will take x-rays and help you understand the dental implant procedure. Have more post-op dentistry questions? We can help answer those during your consultation and put you at ease.
And we offer more than dental implant services. Patients needing extractions and dental crowns can also find them here at DICE Dental. With an expert team, advanced technology, and affordable prices, we look forward to helping you smile again. Schedule an appointment today!