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Confused about looking after your new oral implants? The top 5 aftercare questions answered
So, you’ve just left your dental surgery
after having oral implants fitted; well done!
You have just started a journey to improve
your oral health, your dental health, and your confidence; good for you! Luckily,
once most oral implants are fitted, there are normally no issues and you can
get on with your life as you did prior to the fitting.
While most dental surgeries will provide
you with an aftercare sheet and an information line to call in the event of
concern, it is worth knowing some basic aftercare to help you through the next
few days; what kind of discomfort is normal? How do you effectively manage any
Here, the most 5 commonly searched FAQs
relating to implant aftercare will be answered, helping you to identify any
issues quickly and seek a resolution. Brilliant!
These swellings will also feel tender for a
few days too, so avoid poking them with your tongue. However, if your face
begins to swell or the swelling begins to cover the implant, contact your
dentist for advice.
While this should begin to dull after 48
hours, it may last up to 7 days. If the discomfort gets worse or you notice
swelling to your jaw, face or neck, contact your dentist immediately; these
issues are indicative of an infection.
Also, with any associated discomfort, try
pain-relieving methods such as over-the-counter painkillers, cold packs and
gargling salt water; do not apply any pressure to your implants, as this may
cause them to fail.
I sleep on my normal pillow after having implants fitted?
Why not spoil yourself and buy a memory
foam pillow to help you sleep? This will allow you to spread the weight of your
head more evenly, preventing pressure being applied to one area as you sleep.
The last thing you want is to lose sleep over your oral implants!
I drink alcohol after they are in place?
If you are prone to having an active social
life, it is important to note that you should not consume alcohol for 2 weeks
after your implants are fitted; the same rules apply for smoking.
This is to prevent bacteria and toxins
making their way into your bloodstream, which can cause secondary issues. So,
best stick to water at the bar for a while!
foods can I eat?
Obviously, you should aim to avoid harder
foods like apples, but it is also important to avoid foods that are hot, such
as curries, peppers, and chillies.
These can inflame the implant site, causing
discomfort and additional swelling.