The period after surgery is called the postoperative period. This is a very important part of the process and extra care should be taken to ensure a speedy recovery. Understanding some of the basic principles in wound aftercare – such as taking the right precautions when it comes to rest, nutrition, and oral hygiene – will determine your surgery’s healing time and success.
After your tooth implant surgery, here are a few things to keep in mind during the aftercare stage:
Stop the Bleeding
After surgery, bite down on a fresh gauze pad or absorbent cotton wool for 20 to 30 minutes. Try not to spit too much as it can dislodge the blood clot and trigger bleeding all over again. Do not touch the wound with your hands or tongue.
Minimize the Swelling
It is normal to experience some slight pains and swelling around the implant site after the anaesthesia wears off. After 2-3 days, the swelling will gradually reduce and disappear completely.
Ice packs can be applied to the area intermittently during the first 24 hours after surgery. To control the swelling, you should place an ice pack wrapped in a bath towel on your face every 20 minutes to avoid cold burns. Prescription pain relievers may also be an option.
If you are still experiencing swelling and pain at the site after 7-10 days,, you should immediately contact your doctor and clinic for timely support.
Ensure You Get Proper Nutrition
During the first 24 hours after surgery, you should eat semi-liquid or liquid foods. Avoid eating foods with high fibres because they can damage the incision. Try not to chew or use your teeth where the implant area is. It might be best to avoid eating solid foods until it has healed. You should eat soft foods from the 8th to the 14th day and return to a regular diet after 14 days.
About seven days after the implant surgery, the wound will be healed. Remember to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water and/or smoothies. To ensure you are still getting your vitamins and proteins, you may take supplements.
Some additional points to keep in mind
- Do not use a straw to drink milk, water, or other smoothies. When sucking, it will cause considerable pressure in the oral cavity, which can affect the wound.
- If you wear a removable jaw or plates that cover the implant site, remove it during eating to avoid putting pressure on the surgical site.
- If the implant is placed right after tooth extraction and you immediately receive temporary restoration, try not to chew solid foods with these temporary teeth within three months after surgery.
- Avoid hard, spicy, hot, and irritating foods. Spicy foods like chili, shrimp, and seafood can increase inflammation.
- Abstain from smoking and alcohol as this may aggravate the implant site
- Under the instructions of the doctor, supplement foods that are rich in vitamin or calcium.
Contact LN Dental for more dental implant aftercare information
By closely following all these recommendations, you can look forward to a relatively painless and fast recovery process. For more dental implant surgery aftercare, please read Part 2, which addresses more ways to look after your implant site.
If you are experiencing any dental trouble, please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team at LN Dental on (02) 9644 1499.
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