If you have decided to have dental implants, the period ahead will be exciting and we will help make it as comfortable as possible. Once you have had your implant surgery, you will be asked to follow a few instructions that your dentist will provide prior to the operation. This will ensure that you will make the most of your dental implants.
At Harley Street Dental Clinic in Harley Street, dental implants are our treatment of choice for patients who have lost one, several or all of their natural teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene before and after your dental implants are fitted is essential to avoid complications such as infections and implant failure.
How to care for your dental implants after the operation
Once the anaesthetic (and sedation) wears off, bite down gently but firmly on the gauze packs that have been placed over the surgical areas, making sure they remain in place. Do not change them for the first hour unless the bleeding is not controlled. If you continue to bleed after the hour has passed, place new gauze packs over the surgical sites and wait for another 30 minutes. If bleeding persists contact your dentist immediately.
Within the first 24 hours, do not disturb the surgical area with your tongue or hands, but you should brush your teeth gently. Smoking is not recommended because it will affect healing time and may even cause dental implants to fail.
Swelling will occur after surgery and will not reach its maximum until 2-3 days after surgery. It can be minimised by using a cold pack applied to the cheek. Your dentist may also prescribe special medicine. If you are in pain, regular painkillers should be enough.
Finally, keeping your mouth clean after surgery is essential. Your dentist will prescribe a special mouthwash to use throughout the healing period. Once you enter the healing phase, you should visit the dentist regularly as they will be able to monitor your progress. It is our desire that your recovery is as smooth and pleasant as possible.
To learn more about dental implants in Harley Street, contact us today.