The First 24 Hours after Dental Implant Surgery

A dental implant surgery can be a harrowing ordeal. The first 24 hours are absolutely vital in allowing the healing process to function as efficiently as possible. Make sure that you follow these steps during the first 24 hours after your surgery.

No Rinsing, Spitting, or Touching

Avoid all contact with the surgical site immediately following your surgery. Don’t brush your teeth for the first 24 hours. Refrain from using a straw for the first 24 hours and avoid smoking during the healing process.

Gauze Padding

Leave the gauze padding on for an hour after surgery. If bleeding continues after you remove the pad, apply pressure to the area with the use of a clean gauze pad for 30 minute intervals. If this doesn’t help, you can try biting down on a teabag to promote blood clotting. If this doesn’t help, contact us for further instructions.

Diet

Ensure that you drink plenty of liquids following your surgery. Avoid any hot foods or liquids. Eat only soft foods and avoid chewing in the area surrounding the surgical site. Try to eat as much food as is comfortable, because the additional nutrition will aid your body in the healing process.

Pain Medication

You should take pain medication as soon as the anesthetic begins to wear off. If your dentist has prescribed pain medication, make sure to follow the directions carefully. If your dentist hasn’t prescribed medication, Ibuprofen or Tylenol should be sufficient to control the pain.

The first 24 hours after surgery are vital in setting yourself up for success. Avoid physical exertion, because this can cause throbbing and bleeding. For more information about how to care for your mouth following surgery, contact us at Hyde Park Dental today!