At our dental clinic we encourage our patients to follow recommended advice on the dos and don’ts following an implant procedure, Seeing that implants require surgery to be implanted it is possible that patients may feel some discomfort once the effects of the anaesthesia wear off. One of our aims at Northlight Dental is to help our patients find relief from discomfort and ensure that dental implants in Milton Keynes are successful.
Take any pain medication as prescribed by the dental practitioner. Take care to follow all instructions regarding dosage and how often medication should be taken. It is not advisable to exceed dosage allowance unless a dental practitioner gives the go ahead. Pain medication should always be taken with a meal and not on an empty stomach. In addition to this, it is not advisable that pain medication should be taken in conjunction with alcohol. Other general good advice to follow when taking pain medication also applies: do not drive and move slowly when getting up from a reclining position.
Patients who have had dental implants in Milton Keynes should adhere to the following post-surgical aftercare guidelines:
- Be prepared for some swelling to occur
As some discomfort is a normal part of post-operative procedures, so too is swelling. It is a sign that healing is taking place. Your dental practitioner may suggest the use of ice packs to keep swelling to a minimum. These packs should be carefully placed on the outside of the facial area where surgery was performed for the first day and night following the procedure. If swelling continues for two to three days after implantation, patients should contact us immediately.
- Some bleeding is to be expected
Bleeding is common during the first twenty-four hour period. Patients should swallow as usual and refrain from rinsing out the mouth. If excessive bleeding occurs, patients should contact a dental practitioner as a precautionary measure.
- Take antibiotics as prescribed
The general advice on antibiotics is to finish the course.
- Stick to a liquid/soft food diet for the first week
Eating foods you are normally used to may pose a challenge for patients with new implants. The area is still undergoing the healing stage and it is important for patients to do all they can to ensure optimal healing takes place. Patients should try to avoid chewing for the first few days so eating soft foods is often recommended. It is important that patients ensure the body receives a good supply of nutrients which is essential for healing. Permissible food and beverages items include: yoghurt, water, milkshakes, soup, eggs, soft pasta and mashed potatoes. Patients will want to stay away from: fizzy drinks, toast, popcorn, seeds and pizza, among others.
- Risky behaviours to avoid
Smoking and tobacco use should be avoided at all costs during the first week of post-surgical healing. Smoking can irritate the gums and can weaken the healing process.
- Oral hygiene routine
Your dental practitioner will instruct you on how to keep your mouth clean during this stage. Patients have to be careful not to disrupt the implantation area that is healing when cleaning teeth. A good tip here is to rinse the mouth with a warm saltwater solution few times a day but only after the first twenty-four hours has passed.
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