While dental implants are the most effective way to replace missing teeth, it is a major surgical procedure. In order to achieve the best possible results, it’s crucial that you follow Dr. Binon’s aftercare instructions diligently. This will allow your mouth to heal properly and ensure your dental implant restoration lasts for many years.
The following tips will help you understand what you need to do after dental implant surgery in order to facilitate the healing process.
What to Expect after Dental Implant Surgery
You may experience the following issues immediately after the dental implants are placed in your jawbone:
- Bleeding – It’s common to experience bleeding or redness in your saliva for the first 24 hours after dental implant surgery. Biting on a gauze pad should help control this. If you experience excessive bleeding for a prolonged period of time, call Dr. Binon immediately.
- Swelling – You should apply ice continuously for the first 48 hours after surgery to minimize swelling.
- Pain – Dr. Binon will prescribe medication to help you manage any discomfort you might be experiencing.
In addition, it’s important that you take any antibiotics prescribed by Dr. Binon in order to prevent infection.
Cleaning Your Dental Implants
Good oral hygiene is a crucial part of the healing process. During the first few days of your recovery, it will be especially important to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Keep the following tips in mind:
- Make sure you begin brushing your teeth the night of your procedure. However, avoid brushing near the surgical site for the first few days after the implant is placed.
- Rinse your mouth regularly using hot saltwater (one cup of hot water and a teaspoon of salt) for the first week after surgery.
- Try to avoid allowing food to come into contact with the surgical site for as long as possible, and always rinse after eating to make sure the dental implant stays clean.
As your mouth heals, you will be able to brush and floss directly on the surgical site. Dr. Binon will let you know when it is safe to do so. Use the following instruments to get the best possible results when cleaning your dental implants:
- Soft-bristled toothbrush – Manual, electric and sonic toothbrushes are all acceptable ways to brush your dental implant. Just make sure you’re using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Floss – Unwaxed floss is the best for protecting the soft tissue around the dental implant.
- Water flossers (oral irrigators) – When used in conjunction with regular floss, oral irrigators can be an effective way to help reduce plaque and inflammation around the dental implant. Make sure you avoid using water flossers with metal tips. For best results, use it once or twice daily as part of your oral hygiene routine.
- Stimulators – Stimulators are an effective way to promote healthy gum tissue around your dental implant. Use a rubber-tipped stimulator and be very gentle on your gums.
In addition, it’s crucial that you come for your regularly scheduled dental cleanings so that the threads of the implant remain free of bacteria.
Additional Aftercare Instructions
During the early stages of your dental implant recovery, Dr. Binon recommends that you:
- Avoid hot drinks and hot food (first few days after surgery)
- Refrain from smoking until your mouth has completely healed
- Eat soft foods (first few days after surgery)
- Avoid strenuous exercise (first 48 hours of your recovery)
Contact our Roseville Implant Dentist
Please contact Dr. Paul Binon using the form on this page or call 916-786-6676 today to schedule a dental implant consultation. We serve patients in Roseville, Sacramento and the surrounding areas of California.