How do you take good care of your teeth after getting a dental implant?

Numerous patients don’t get dental implants due to fear of the pain. However, when the surgical procedure is carried out with expertise, there should only be a small amount of discomfort. 

  1. Dental implant: what is the post-operative course?

After a dental implant is placed, some short term benign reactions may appear. Our dental surgeon clarifies what you can expect in the days following the operation.

Mild bleeding

Getting a dental implant is a surgical procedure. It is therefore normal to see some mild bleeding from the operation.

In order to minimise bleeding, the EL CEDRO clinic in Barcelona, Dr Rodriguez and her medical team have mastered a technique known as FLAPLESS (placing the implant without opening the gum). By placing the implant without incising the gum, bleeding is rare, in fact non-existent.

Mild pain

We don’t all have the same pain threshold. Nevertheless, placing a dental implant causes very little pain for the vast majority of patients. Only some pain relief and antibiotics are required to reduce pain and prevent possible infections.

Keep in mind that it is easier to prevent pain than combat it. That is why, Dr Rodriguez will prescribe pain relief prior to the operation. In the days following surgery, it is important to meticulously take the medication prescribed by your dental surgeon so as not to have pain before taking the next dose.

Mild swelling and haematoma

Mild swelling and some bruising may occur following a dental implant. Rest assured that this is normal and won’t last longer than a few days.

Dr Rodriguez and her team will provide you with ice to place on the operated area for the first 20 minutes. Anti-inflammatories will also be prescribed to you.

  1. What are the recommendations following a dental implant?

In order to limit uncomfortable effects and guarantee the chances of treatment success, your dental surgeon will recommend following some simple instructions.

Brushing

Brush your teeth gently, a minimum of 3 times per day, by using a surgical tooth brush provided by the EL CEDRO clinic. Don’t forget to brush your gums well to facilitate healing and avoid inflammation.

Mouth wash

Use mouth wash for 10 days from the day after the operation. Use the mouth wash you will have been prescribed by your dental surgeon in the correct frequency.

Food

For the first 7 days, you must have only slightly warm or cold food. This is so swelling does not occur.

For the entire healing period, you must have soft food only so as not to put any strain on the implants.

Tobacco/ Alcohol

It is strongly recommended that you do not smoke or drink alcohol otherwise healing may be slowed down.

Sports activities

It is recommended that you not play sports for 2 days after the dental implants have been placed. If you have had a sinus lift or bone graft, you must wait 30 days.

The post-operative course of an implant surgery will not last longer than 10 days. This is a small price to pay for regaining your smile and restoring your mouth to full health. If you would like to benefit from the advanced skills of our dental surgeons for your implants contact us.

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