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Post-Op Care for Dental Implants Wasilla, AK
Once you decide to get dental implants, the next question that pops up in your mind is probably “How do I care for my dental implants?”. A lot of people ask this question and although there is a simple answer for it that they should be taken care of just like the natural teeth, there are still some things you should know apart from that. While caring for dental implants is not a difficult task, there are still some things that shouldn’t be ignored, especially right after dental implant surgery.
Just like any other surgical operation, you will likely experience side effects such as bleeding, swelling, and pain after a dental implant surgery at Mat Su Dental Center Service. Although there are some other side effects, these three are the most common ones, and because of that, we will mainly focus on coping with these three things in this article.
Before we discuss how to take care of these three side effects, you should know that all these three side effects are completely normal and they usually don’t pose any danger to your implant.
Isolating the Implant After Dental Implant Surgery
Right after your dental implant surgery, your dental implant needs to be isolated from the surrounding teeth for about two weeks. Our Mat Su Dental Center Service dentist may use different tools or materials to do this, and the type of tool or material used for this usually doesn’t matter. However, you should follow a few small restrictions during this period:
- You should try to consume soft foods and plenty of fluids.
- You should chew in an area that is away from the dental implant in your mouth.
- You should restrict your alcohol consumption.
- You should quit smoking. Even smoking once may cause serious complications.
You are likely to experience minimal bleeding for a few days after your dental implant surgery. When you detect bleeding in the area, you shouldn’t panic, the bleeding doesn’t pose any danger and it is completely normal. You should bite on a damp gauze on your dental implant and apply pressure by closing your jaw. It is enough for the gauze to stay in place for less than an hour and it will easily stop the bleeding with pressure.
A few days after your dental implant surgery, you will likely realize swelling around the dental implant. It is completely normal and it is the indicator of healing around the artificial tooth. The swelling usually lasts for about 10 days and it is nothing to be concerned about. To reduce swelling, you can apply ice packs to your cheek (from outside of the mouth) for about 20 minutes. It is not suggested for the ice packs to stay on your skin for more than 20 minutes, so you should wait for another 20 minutes to apply ice again.
It is almost inevitable for one to experience discomfort and pain after dental implant surgery. Luckily, your Mat Su Dental Center Service dentist may prescribe pain killers to cope with this situation. You will be instructed on how to use this medication, but most of the time, you are required to take this medication once or twice a day for up to 28 days.