May 17

smiling woman on the phoneAre your teeth severely damaged or missing? You may want to consider dental implant-supported restorations as a natural-looking and functional solution to help boost your confidence and health. Dental implants provide a permanent foundation for crowns, bridges, and dentures. This process requires two surgeries and a lengthy healing period as patients wait for the dental implants to osseointegrate (permanently fuse with the bone.) 

Dr. Bruno Lemay practices state-of-the-art restorative dentistry in Cathedral City, CA. Dr. Lemay and his dental team will provide all the information you need to ensure a successful recovery after dental implants.

Post-Surgical Instructions

Dental implants have a 95% success rate but in order for healing to be successful, you need to practice good hygiene and healthy lifestyle habits from the very start. For example, if you have not already quit smoking, refrain from the habit throughout your recovery.

First, avoid agitating the surgery site. There may be a metal abutment projecting through the gum tissue depending on your stage of surgery. Within the first 24 hours after surgery, do not touch the area, rinse your mouth, or spit to avoid agitating the soft tissue.

Pain Management and Prescriptions

Dr. Lemay may prescribe pain medication and antibiotics as a part of your post-implant care. Make sure to discuss your medical history, as well as allergies to any medications, during your initial consultation. When you feel the local anesthesia wears off, take pain medication to help control discomfort after surgery. 

  • For moderate pain, take Tylenol or Ibuprofen as directed.
  • For severe pain, take prescribed pain relievers as directed. 

To help prevent infection, take antibiotics as prescribed. Make sure to take the full round of prescribed antibiotics, regardless of how you feel.

Bleeding and Swelling

Light bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for the first 24 hours. If you suffer excessive bleeding, bite on a gauze pad placed directly on the wound for at least half an hour. Repeat the process with a fresh gauze pad if bleeding persists. If bleeding continues, please call our office in Cathedral City for further instructions.

Swelling is normal after dental implant surgery. To control swelling, apply ice in a plastic bag or towel on the outer cheek near the surgery site as much as possible for the first 48 hours.

Soft Foods Diet

While you are healing, it is important to focus on consuming highly nutritious foods. It is ideal to consume cold, soft, or liquid foods on the day of your surgery and the following days. Make sure to drink an adequate amount of fluids. While your dental implant site is healing, do not consume very hot drinks and food. Unless otherwise directed, you should be able to go back to your regular diet soon after your surgery site has healed.

Oral Hygiene

Good dental health is crucial to successful dental implant healing. Gentle, warm salt-water rinses are recommended after meals (and can be used up to five times a day) the first day after surgery. If you are too vigorous with mouthwashes, more swelling and inflammation may occur.

Dr. Lemay may prescribe a chlorhexidine mouthwash to reduce plaque build up. When Dr. Lemay gives you the go-ahead, you will be encouraged to start cleaning your teeth, implants, and abutments with a toothbrush. Always be gentle and cautious around the healing implant site.

Request a Consultation at our Cathedral Office

Educating yourself on proper aftercare is an important part of deciding whether implants are right for you. We can meet with you and determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. Call us at (760) 324-4450 or message us our office.

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