The treatment for a dental implant does not stop after the dentist has placed it into your mouth; you will need to ensure that you are looking after it for many months to come after the actual surgery. This is because your mouth is going to have to get used to a new thing, and you have to keep any hint of infection or bacteria away from it. Neglecting your new dental implant is a huge mistake, and one that could be very costly for you – both in terms of health, and financially. Thankfully there are some very simple things that you can do to ensure that you keep your new dental implant healthy after surgery:
- Do not disturb the area for at least three days, so try not to touch your mouth, spit, or rinse out your mouth with mouthwash for at least three days. Easier said than done!
- You will be given some antibiotics by your dentist – use them! Even if you do not feel as though you need to, they are a preventative measure and should definitely be taken.
- You will notice bleeding for a few days afterwards, and you shouldn’t panic unless it becomes a proper stream. Just bite down on some gauze until the bleeding stops.
- Yes, it is going to hurt. You can take any over the counter medicine to take away the pain, and it gets worse or does not disappear after a few days, then talk to your dentist.
- Soft foods are going to be your friend for at least a week, so focus on keeping hydrated and you will eventually be able to eat more solid foods again.
- Swelling and a little discomfort is to be expected – but if it does not go down after a few days, then try using moist heat to lessen it, and do not do any exercise.