Implant treatment care is crucial to minimising complications and maintaining the longevity of your implant. But we understand that knowing how to care for your implant can be confusing, so here we have provided Care instructions for after you undergo Implant Treatment.
Implant Treatment Care Instructions:
After the surgery, the implant needs to heal itself in the bone surrounding it. This process can take 3-6 months, however, this can vary case to case and depending on how many teeth you have had implant treatment on.
Because of this healing time, you are prone to infection in the implant site. You are most at risk of infection immediately after the surgery, so it is important you follow the implant treatment care instructions given by your dentist and refer to this list of care instructions.
Taking the right medication for pain relief and at the right times can make a big difference to your recovery and the amount of pain you are in. Panadol and Nurofen taken alternately every 4 hours will help reduce pain and inflammation.
Prevent Bleeding and Reducing Swelling
If you notice bleeding from the implant site, apply pressure immediately by biting on some gauze. Keep the pressure applied for 20 minutes. If after 20-30 minutes the bleeding has not stopped apply a cold compress to the surrounding area on your jaw. If after 24 hours the site is still bleeding contact your dentist for advice if you should come in to have it checked.
To help reduce swelling, apply cold compresses around the jaw area of the implant site every 2 hours. Keeping your head elevated will also help to reduce the swelling.
Rinsing with saltwater
Gently rinsing your mouth with warm salt water will help to reduce your chance of infection. Unless directed by your dentist, rinse your mouth with warm salt water a few times a day, starting the second day after treatment.
Smoking too soon after implant treatment increases your chance of complications to the healing process. Smoking also discolours your implants and can damage the gum around the implant. For this reason, we advise refraining from smoking and keeping your mouth clean.
After the implant surgery, your body will need time to rest and recover. Try not to push yourself, or undertake any strenuous activities like heavy lifting, or exercise. While you can return to work immediately, we advise you take 1-2 days off work to allow your body to recover.
While it might sound nice to eat ice cream and custard only, you need to make sure you are getting the essential vitamins and minerals you need to keep your immune system strong. If your immune system is strong you will be able to fight any infections you may get. So try protein shakes, smoothies (with vegetables), veggie soups, or omelettes to make sure you are getting the nutrients you need to fuel your body.
You also need to stay hydrated while you recover. This will help the tissues around the implant heal well and with fewer complications.
If you have recently had or are considering implant treatment and you have questions please call us on 3823 1896. We can arrange an appointment with one of our experienced dentists to discuss your implant treatment care.
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