Surgical Instructions – After Dental Implant Surgery
Dental Implant Surgery – Care And Recovery
After dental implant surgery, it is recommended that you take it easy for 48-72 hours. Resting assists the healing process and limits after surgery bleeding.
Drink plenty of fluids, but nothing too cold. You may need to apply an ice pack to your face in twenty-minute intervals for the 2 days following surgery.
If you received upper implants, do not blow your nose for two weeks. It is common to experience slight bleeding for about two days after surgery.
You will feel slightly uncomfortable the first two days following surgery, but the third day is generally better. An increase in temperature of about 1 to 2 degrees is to be expected and is not a cause for concern. Finally, while you can eat when you are hungry, do not chew directly onto the bone graft.
Whether you have dental implant surgery in one stage or multiple stages, you may experience some discomforts associated with any type of dental surgery, such as:
- Swelling of your gums and face
- Bruising of your skin and gums
- Pain at the implant site
- Minor bleeding
After each stage of surgery, you may need to eat soft foods while the surgical site heals. Typically, your surgeon will use stitches that dissolve on their own. If your stitches aren’t self-dissolving, your doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment to remove them.
You may need pain medications or antibiotics after dental implant surgery. If swelling, discomfort, or any other problem persists in the days after surgery, contact your oral surgeon.