What should I expect after treatment?
Our team is always on hand to help you after your treatment, but here is some useful general advice:
Bleeding: The anaesthetic used during treatment will make your jaw feel numb and it may be hard to speak. You may also experience some swelling and a little bleeding from around the implant area. This is perfectly normal and normally eases off within 24-hours and can be controlled by biting onto a folded piece of gauze for an hour.
Pain: You should not feel any pain during implant surgery, but you may feel some discomfort in the days that follow. If any pain occurs you can take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. Do not exceed the recommended dosage given on the packaging.
The first 24-hours: Be careful not to disturb any clot that forms on the implant site as this will prevent further bleeding or risk of infection. Do not rinse you mouth or brush your teeth during this time and avoid hot drinks.
The first 10 days: When brushing teeth avoid the implant area and use the antibacterial mouthwash as prescribed. After 10 days a toothbrush with special soft bristles can be used for cleaning the area around the implant site.
Diet and smoking: It is important to stay well nourished and hydrated to promote healing so continue to follow a normal healthy diet. It is recommended to avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking for at least two or three days to reduce the risk of bleeding and to encourage healing. We strongly recommend that if you are a smoker you do not smoke during the course of implant treatment as there is a heightened risk that the surgery may fail.
Please contact us immediately:
- If the anaesthetics fails to wear off after four hours
- If swelling gets worse
- If you have swelling in the floor of your mouth below the tongue
- If the implant continues to bleed after the first 24 hours
- If you experience fever, chills or redness around the area of surgery
Regular hygiene visits are critical to maintaining your oral health, especially following implant treatment. Special cleanings are required because implants must be cleaned differently from natural teeth. This is because:
- Implants attatch to the surrounding gums and bone differently from natural teeth
- Implants are made from different matierals from natural teeth
Implants are an investment and their longevity depends on them being kept clean and in good shape. A regular visit with a qualified hygienist will not only help ensure your implants stay as clean as they should be, but will also allow the hygienist to regularly check for any signs of problems that can be caught and dealt with early on.