Everybody has a different experience when it comes to various oral procedures – this much is true. You may have heard horror stories about getting cavities filled and, when experiencing it yourself, you have an altogether different opinion. Perhaps you have heard people say that the recovery time for dental implants is too long and that they wouldn’t choose to go through it again. In other cases, you may have heard that dental implants were the best thing to happen to somebody. We want to give you a realistic overview of what to expect on the day of your surgery and the days following, and how you should proceed.
Immediately after the surgery takes place, the aftercare is much like that of wisdom tooth surgery. You will bite down gently on gauze packs that have been put on the areas where the surgery took place and they should be kept there until the bleeding in your mouth subsides. From there, you want to ensure that you don’t do anything to disturb the area. This means that you should always take care of that section of your mouth, from avoiding smoking, to brushing your teeth only gently.
You may wonder: Is brushing after surgery absolutely necessary? And, to answer this, we will tell you ‘yes.’ You should brush your teeth the night of the surgery but you should always take care to be gentle no matter what. 24 hours after the surgery, as long as the bleeding has subsided, for the most part, you will be able to utilize saltwater rinsing. These are an important way to promote healing after eating. You may experience blood oozing for days on end, but it will completely come to a stop in time.
You should note that, after the surgery takes place, you will always feel some type of discomfort. Your dentist will give you a prescription for pain medication to help you through this time.
From here, you want to continue onward with the mouth rinses. Using a 1/4 teaspoon of dissolved salt in the warm water will help you rinse thoroughly. Though you won’t have to keep this up every hour of the day, it helps to do it 2 to 3 times a day until your mouth has healed. Clean your teeth as your mouth will allow you to, which means brushing gently until you’re able to handle a more thorough brush.
Here are some things that are completely normal after your surgery: You may experience discoloration and bruising 36 hours after your surgery and beyond, dry lips, a sore throat, or stiff jaw muscles that could cause limitations within your mouth. Most of the time, these issues should resolve themselves during the week after your surgery.
Though many of these trying times after your surgery seem to be difficult in nature, implants will be one of the most satisfying choices you make for your health. We want to help you make the best decision for a happier and healthier smile at McBride Dental, where we care about your teeth. We want you to have the most natural fix when it comes to your teeth and give you something to smile about for years to come. The few days of swelling, minimal pain and rinsing are nothing to worry about. Call us as soon as possible to talk to us about the future of implants in your life and how we can play a role, at 760-471-1003.