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12 Suggestions For Fast Healing After Dental Implants

Congratulations! You’ve just completed the first step of your dental implant treatment: the surgery. Now it’s time to take care of your mouth so that it can heal as quickly as possible.

Dental implants require a clean environment in order to heal properly and remain healthy. The success of the implant(s) at this point will depend largely on how you care for them. Proper care of your mouth will aid in the healing process and reduce the possibility of complications. The following instructions will assist you during this healing phase.

1. Rest Up

Following the procedure, we may advise you to take it easy for a couple of days. Generally the fewer the implants placed, the shorter the recovery time.

2. Use Ice Packs

You may experience some swelling after the procedure. Ice packs will keep the swelling to a minimum. Apply ice to your face on a “15 minute on and 15 minute off” cycle for the remainder of the day. If swelling lasts longer than 48 hours, call our office.

3. Use Medication If/As Necessary

You may have some discomfort after the procedure. The amount of this discomfort depends on a number of factors , including the number of implants placed and where they were placed. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines are often helpful in controlling this type of discomfort. Your doctor will also prescribe pain medication. You may supplement the anti-inflammatory medication with this prescription medication if needed. You do not have to take or finish the pain medication. Do not take more than the daily maximum dose of any pain medication.

4. Use Antibiotics If/As Necessary

Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic for you. Unlike the pain medication, it is important that you finish this medication unless otherwise directed.

5. Apply Gauze

There is usually a minimal amount of bleeding following the procedure. We suggest that you gently bite on the gauze packing in your mouth for at least 20-30 minutes. If you notice bleeding from the area after the first 30 minutes, replace the gauze pad.

6. Get Details About Your Specific Case

Be sure to ask Dr. Steve Brown about any unique instructions you may need to clean your implant or implants during the initial healing stage. Each case is different and may require special directions.

7. Get Your Nutrients

We would like you to eat soft-nutritious foods. Supplement each meal with liquid meal such as Ensure or Slim-Fast to assure you get proper nutrition. Care should be taken to avoid hard or crunchy foods that might cause trauma to the implant area. Don’t eat anything hot (temperature-wise) AND don’t chew anything until the numbness is gone.

8. Don’t Smoke

Smoking should be avoided for at least two weeks following the surgery. Smoking has proved to negatively affect the healing process.

9. For Denture Wearers…

Dr. Brown will decide when dentures or partial dentures should be removed after surgery. Remember, no undue pressure should be applied over the implant surgical site. This can affect the success of your implants.

10. Regarding Stitches

Stitches will be removed in 7-10 days as deemed necessary by Dr. Brown, unless they are the type that dissolves.

11. If There’s Swelling, Redness, Fever, or Discomfort…

Should you notice any of these things in the area of the implant after the healing phase, contact our Fort Worth office.

12. Got Questions? Contact Our Office

Click on the link in #11 and contact our office. We want your healing process to be as quick, comfortable, and safe as possible. Call us today for more information on how we can help you.


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