The first 48 hours after dental implant
Implant care is critical in the first 48 hours after dental implant, and most symptoms and allergies become apparent at this time. In the early hours after surgery, the patient should be careful not to move the gauze bandage or put pressure on the implants. Under no circumstances should the dressing be removed until one hour after surgery as it will be accompanied by severe and continuous bleeding of gums. In case of heavy bleeding, put a sterile gauze on the tooth and remove it after 30 minutes. After that, change the sterile gas every 30 to 45 minutes.
In the first 48 hours after dental implants:
- Do not consume hot drinks or food.
- Do not drink alcohol or smoke at all.
- Cool the surgical site alternately with an ice pack.
- Do not rinse your mouth, and only spit out gently if necessary.
- It is strictly forbidden to use a toothbrush for at least 72 hours in implant areas.
- Gargle with saline solution 3 to 4 times a day for 24 hours after implant placement.
You may experience the following symptoms in the early days:
- Fluid discharge of the gums
- Continuous bleeding
- Swollen gums
The onset of these symptoms is a sign of wound healing and bone fusion with the implant base and will disappear completely within 1 to 2 weeks after dental implant surgery. To speed up the healing process, you should treat your wounds and cuts on your gums gently and avoid manipulating them.
3 to 7 days after dental implant
Rest has the greatest impact on the success of the osteointegration process. Some areas may be red or have some bleeding, but this is nothing to worry about. These symptoms will disappear after 2 to 3 days. To relieve redness and bleeding gums, you can put a warm towel on the surgical site from the outside.
Some patients notice bumps in their mouth after dental implant. In this case, too, there is usually no need to worry. However, you can contact your dentist and discuss your problem. Other symptoms you may experience are dry lips, cough, and tightening of the jaw muscles, which occur after dressing and are normal.
Stay on a soft, light diet. Brushing (carefully) your teeth after each meal and between meals is recommended. When brushing, be careful not to damage the stitches. You should also use mouthwash after drinking and eating to prevent germs and plaque from accumulating in the implant area. To rinse your mouth, you can dissolve a tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle it. If chlorhexidine mouthwash is prescribed, brush first, then rinse your mouth with warm saltwater, then gargle the disinfectant mouthwash for half a minute and do not drink or eat for half an hour. If you do not have absorbable sutures, go for removal 7 to 10 days later.
2 to 6 weeks after dental implant
Practice good oral hygiene, note that regular use of mouthwash should start the day after surgery and become a regular part of your oral hygiene routine. This is especially important in single-stage implants where the screw is located outside the gums.
Do not smoke under any circumstances. Clean your temporary prosthesis after each meal. The use of removable prostheses is subject to modifications on them and the use of soft liner or tissue modifiers (Tissue Conditioner) inside them. This is done in order not to put pressure on the implants.
Before the final denture is installed on the dental implant, it is best to use the following foods:
- Liquids, baked potatoes, boiled eggs, rice, minced meat, pasta, pasta, fish, soft bread. You can also chop or grate vegetables and fruits and eat them with caution.
The following foods are also prohibited:
- Hard meat (example: beef), dense bread, nuts, chewing gum.
In case of high pressure, the prosthesis temporarily peels off or breaks, or the dental implant does not fuse properly to the bone.
If the gum-forming screw that is fastened to the fixture during single-stage implant surgery and is in fact the outer gingival part of the implant loosens, go to the office immediately. Do not worry about the gingival screw or abutment loosening or coming out. Just keep the area clean to heal the gums. When you see a dentist, the screw will be tightened again.
Just as after a bone fracture, the pieces of bone are joined together and the patient is told that the area should not be under any pressure, after the dental implant, this area should not be under any pressure. On average, complete recovery in the mandible takes two to three months, in the maxilla three to four months, and if the bone graft is done, it takes six to eight months.