IMPLANT DENTISTRY

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW DENTAL IMPLANTS

After implants have been placed, it’s important to follow these recommendations during the healing period.

GENERAL CARE

To control minor bleeding after surgery, apply moderate pressure with gauze pads, or a clean, moist tea bag wrapped in a gauze pad. If you usually wear removable appliances, such as dentures or partial dentures, we may advise you not to wear them while the implant sites heal.

MEDICATION AND DISCOMFORT

Take antibiotics or other medications only as directed. To reduce discomfort or swelling for several days after surgery, use ice packs. It’s normal for your gums to be sore and swollen for several days.

Beginning 24 hours after surgery, rinse your mouth three times a day for two weeks with warm salt water.  Use about 1 teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water. Swish very gently so you don’t disturb the implant sites.

CHEWING AND EATING

Avoid chewing until the numbness from the anesthetic has completely worn off.  If we place any temporary restorations, avoid chewing for a least one half-hour to allow the temporary cement to set.

Limit your diet to soft foods like yogurt, cottage cheese, soups, soft -cooked eggs, and ground meat for the first several months after surgery.  Do not chew hard, crusty foods.  Also avoid very hot or spicy food until your gums are healed.

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