• Cleaning
  • Successful implant surgery depends on keeping the mouth as clean as possible.
  • You should clean your teeth as normal but avoid the area where the implants have been placed on the day of surgery.
  • Use interdental brushes if a bridge is in place.
  • Rinsing your mouth with warm water and a pinch of salt is great way to help the area heal and keep it clean.
  • Rinse your mouth after eating to keep the area clean.
  • Try not to smoke until the area has healed as smoking limits healing of the mouth.
  • You are advised not to smoke until the wound has healed as this limits healing the mouth.
  • Swelling is normal after an implant and can be worse in the morning after lying flat throughout the night. Swelling usually subsides after 48 hours and can be reduced with ice packs. Place them on the cheek for 10 minutes at a time with a 15 – minute break.
    • There may be some bruising on the skin but this will clear up in a few days.
    • Avoid hot first drinks or hot food for the first day.
    • Do not eat until the local anesthetic has worn off.
    • Try not to rub or touch the area with your tongue or fingers.
    • Pain should not be excruciating. Although pain is normal for a few days following surgery it can be easily managed with pain killers. If pain starts getting worse rather than getting better you should contact your dentist.
    • Try to wear a denture as little as possible (if it covers the implant area). This will help protect the implant or bone graft. If the denture does not seem to fit properly after your surgery then you should have it adjusted. A badly – fitting denture can damage a healing implant.
    • Stitches are normally dissolvable but usually remain for around 2 – 3 weeks.
    • Some bleeding following surgery is normal. If it persists, apply pressure with a dampened gauze for up to 30 minutes.
    • If you have been given antibiotics to take after your surgery then complete the full course.
    • If you experience increasing pain or swelling after 3 – 4 days you should schedule an appointment with your dentist.
    • A patient should avoid strenuous exercise up to 48 hours post surgery.