If you have decided to move forward with your implant surgery and you are puzzled about post-operative care, there is no need to worry anymore. Just like any type of surgery, dental implants require good care in order to remain in good shape and functional for a long time.
Knowing what to expect just after an implant operation will enable patients to take the right decisions and avoid complications. At the first stage, it is our responsibility at Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic to educate you on Southampton dental implants and how to take good care of them after your operation. Most of the time, a thorough oral hygiene routine and frequent dental visits are sufficient to keep your Southampton dental implants healthy in the long run.
Just after the implant operation, dental implants will be covered with gauzes in order to eliminate bleeding and avoid infection. A certain level of discomfort is expected, though this will usually go away with common painkillers. This type of discomfort can last for a few days. Some swelling and sensitivity should be expected, but if bleeding continues for many days after the surgery, then it is imperative to speak to your dentist.
During the first day, you are advised not to eat or drink very hot or hard food. Depending on the type of Southampton dental implants installed in your mouth, soft foods should be consumed just after your surgery. This way you will give time for your dental implants to heal.
Exercise should be avoided for the first few days, since it can lead to bleeding and swelling. However, once your energy levels are restored, you can return to your normal activities and start exercising again. After a few weeks, you can also re-introduce solid foods to your diet (unless your dentist recommends otherwise).
The importance of frequent specialist care
Visiting the dentist is a big part of any implant aftercare plan. If you have had implant surgery recently, you should visit us regularly in order to ensure that your implants are healing properly and avoid unnecessary complications that could even lead to implant failure. Frequent dental examinations and cleanings are essential for the health and longevity of your dental implants.