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AFTER DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY
How to Care For Implants After Dental Implant Surgery
After you receive your dental implants at Greater Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery, your oral surgeon will place a healing abutment on top of your implants to protect them while they fuse to your jawbone. In the meantime, you will need to take the following steps to care for yourself after your dental implant surgery procedure.
Medication For Pain Relief
Once the sedation from the anesthesia has worn off, you should take over the counter medications like Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen to manage moderate pain. Should you experience severe pain, take prescribed medicine as directed by your oral surgeon.
Your oral surgeon will give you antibiotics to prevent your dental implants from becoming infected after your surgery. Take them as instructed to help with the recovery process.
Practice Oral Hygiene
To heal properly after dental implant surgery, you must maintain a good oral hygiene routine following your dental implant procedure. Your oral surgeon will provide you with a Peridex Oral Rinse that you should use after receiving your implants. Then, rinse once in the morning and once in the evening in the days following your procedure. You will also be instructed to engage in warm salt rinses 4-5 times per day and after every meal to keep your dental implants clean. When brushing your teeth, be gentle around your implants to avoid discomfort.
Diet After Dental Implant Surgery
Your oral surgeon will advise you to drinks a lot of fluids after your dental implant surgery. They will also recommend that you avoid hot liquids or foods for a few days as your teeth will be sensitive to the temperature. Afterwards, you should be able to resume your regular diet unless instructed otherwise by your oral surgeon.
You will be advised to avoid physical activity immediately after getting your dental implants, as it could worsen post-operative bleeding or discomfort. Consult with your oral surgeon to determine when you can resume your normal exercise and activity routines.
In some instances, your oral surgeon may give you flippers, partial dentures or full dentures to wear after your dental implants have healed. These prosthetics should not be worn for a minimum of ten days following your surgery.
At Greater Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery, our expert oral surgeons will guide you through the healing process so you can enjoy your dazzling new smile after your dental implant surgery.