How Should I Care for My Implant Immediately After Surgery?

 

gauze-dental-implants-300x213Taking care of your dental implant immediately after surgery is important for avoiding infection and making sure that the surgery site heals properly.

As we mentioned in a recent post, it’s recommended that after implant surgery you stick to a soft food diet. Hard or sticky foods could become lodged in the surgery site or loosen sutures that have been used to close the wound area.

In addition to maintaining a soft-food diet, it’s also recommended that you:

  • Follow your doctor’s instructions when it comes to pain medications. You may be prescribed a narcotic pain medication or instructed to take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen.
  • Keep gauze over the surgery site for a few hours after the procedure. You should change the gauze about every thirty minutes.
  • Avoid alcoholic or carbonated beverages for five days.
  • Avoid the use of straws for five days, as they may reopen the surgery area.
  • Do not chew on the surgery site.
  • Avoid smoking for five days to promote healing.
  • Avoid brushing the surgery area but continue brushing as you normally would elsewhere.
  • Rinse gently with a prescription mouthwash following the instructions of your doctor. If you don’t have a prescription mouthwash, rinse with lightly salted water four to six times a day. Do not use any non-prescription mouthwashes for five days after surgery.

To learn more about caring for your dental implant after surgery or to schedule an appointment with one of our surgeons, contact Austin Oral Surgery today.