Immediately After Dental Implant Surgery
After your dental implant has been inserted then you will need to take care until the anesthetic has worn off. Stick to cold drinks to avoid burning a numb mouth and avoid having any hot foods or drinks for the first 24 hours. When you do have a drink, avoid swishing the liquid over the implant site, if possible and try not to disturb the surgery site with your fingers or tongue. You should not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours.
- Use cold drinks to avoid burning a numb mouth
- Avoid having any hot foods or drinks for the first 24 hours
- Avoid swishing the liquid over the implant site
- Do not disturb the surgery site with your fingers or tongue
- Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours
- Avoid cleaning around the actual surgical site
- Avoid smoking
- Eat soft foods for the first few days
Once the anesthetic has worn off, you might experience some minor discomfort which can normally be controlled with over-the-counter painkillers. It is normal to experience some swelling and minor bruising within the first few days. You might want to use an ice pack for up to ten minutes each time during the first 24 hours. After this period it could be more comfortable to use moist heat.
During the First Week After Dental Implant Surgery
You should avoid smoking as this will greatly increase the chances of implant failure. We would prefer that you give up completely but otherwise please do not smoke until the wound has healed. Eat soft foods for the first few days after surgery and gradually introduce harder foods as the area begins to heal. Avoid alcohol for the first week as this helps the gums to heal more easily. If we have prescribed antibiotics then please take these until the course is complete.
Keep it Clean
It is important to keep your new implant as clean as possible and you will be able to clean the rest of your teeth on the evening of surgery. Avoid cleaning around the actual surgical site for the first few days but you can begin carefully cleaning it when it begins to feel less tender and as it starts to heal. Begin using an antimicrobial mouthwash the day after your implant surgery and continue using twice a day for two weeks. Warm salt water rinses can help with the healing process.
Advice and Instructions
We will provide you with plenty of advice and instructions after your implant surgery. Healing is generally uneventful and any discomfort should be minor and will soon disappear. If discomfort increases or if you are worried for any reason, then please contact our dental office for advice. 212-759-7763