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First Days After Dental Implants

Jul 12

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016  RssIcon

Dental implants are one of the most powerful recent advances in dentistry, and they provide a convenient, highly effective way to replace teeth or entire dental arches. As effective as they are, though, implants are still a surgical procedure and require some getting used to. Here are a few things to keep in mind for the first few days after getting dental implants. 

Watch What You Eat & Drink

Your implants will be sensitive for the first few days after the surgery, and this means you'll have to be careful about your diet. Take care to only drink cold drinks, and avoid food until after the anesthetic has worn off. For the first 48 hours after surgery, avoid hot foods and try not to disturb the area with your tongue or fingers.

Swelling & Bruising

Swelling, bruising, and some soreness may be present for the first few days after surgery. This is normal and not something to worry about. You can use bags of frozen peas or corn on the outside of your cheeks to keep the swelling down, and if we don't prescribe you anything, you may take over the counter painkillers like Tylenol as necessary. If you feel the swelling or pain increase, please contact us.

Cleaning & Hygiene

Keeping your mouth clean is critical to proper healing, and you'll want to start brushing your teeth the night of your surgery. For the first few days, brush carefully and avoid touching the surgical site, but as it starts to heal, begin cleaning it gently with your toothbrush. You can also use hot salt water rinses to cleanse your mouth and implants.

Contact Your Margate Family Dentist

Your implants may be an inconvenience for the first few days, but over time, they'll heal into a strong, healthy part of your beautiful smile. If you'd like to find out more about dental implants or think you may be a candidate for treatment, feel free to call us at 954-973-0990 or reach out to us at our contact page. Don't forget to check back to this blog for more tips and info on dental health, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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