Important advice for patients who have had an operation as part of their treatment
We've put together 12 top tips for you to follow in the hours and first few days following your dental implant procedure. These should ensure you experience the smoothest healing process possible.
Avoid heavy lifting and too much exercise
For the first few days after surgery, scale down any physical exertion (i.e. sports, heavy lifting etc.)
Avoid alcohol for a few days as this can affect the healing tissues.
Avoid smoking for two weeks, as this will also slow down the healing process.
Avoid hot drinks
For the first 24 hours avoid hot drinks such as tea and coffee.
Avoid wearing dentures
If you wear a denture we will discuss with you when you may resume wearing it. Leaving the denture out after surgery will help with the healing of the soft tissues.
Brush around the surgical dressing
A surgical dressing may be placed around the incision after surgery. This should remain in place for one to two weeks. Avoid brushing this area. Instead, use a cotton bud and clean it gently with Corsodyl mouthwash.
Rinse with Corsodyl mouthwash three or four times a day. This will help the wound to heal.
Take your prescription
If an antibiotic has been prescribed, please take as directed and finish the course. If you appear to be having a reaction to the medication, please contact us or your own Dental Practice.
Avoid hard crusty foods
Please maintain a fairly soft, high-protein diet throughout the post-operative phase. Do not use an interdental toothpick, play with the area with your tongue, or eat hard crusty foods.
Avoid blowing your nose
If you have had a sinus lift procedure or had implants in your upper back teeth, please avoid blowing your nose for approximately two weeks after surgery. Please avoid flying, swimming for two weeks after surgery and please try to sneeze through your mouth, not your nose.
Maintain the highest oral hygiene standards
It is very important that your personal oral hygiene practices are maintained to the highest standard and that all appointments with the hygienist are attended.
Contact us if concerned
As with any surgery, the possibility of infection exists. If anything concerns you after the implants have been placed please do not hesitate to contact us or your own Dental Practice.
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