Implant Maintenance

What to expect following implant surgery

Your follow-up care is as important to us as the implantology you have undergone and we are always available to offer advice or treatment when required.

What to expect and what to do:

Bleeding: Initially you will feel numb and it may be hard to speak. You may also experience some swelling and a little bleeding from around the implant area. This is normal and any bleeding will generally ease off after 24 hour.
To ease bleeding you can bite on a folded pad of gauze for one hour. Do not replace the pad during this time. Keep your head elevated and apply external cooling to your cheek. Do not have hot drinks.

Pain: If pain occurs, you can take an over- the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen or paracetamol for a few days. Do not exceed the recommended dosage printed on the packaging.

The first 24 hours:

  • Don’t disturb any clot that forms on the wound, as this will prevent further bleeding or infection.
  • Do not to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth for 24 hours following surgery.
  • We use local anaesthetics for dental implant work so it is very important to avoid hot drinks or chewing while the anaesthesia is still working. There is a significant danger of burning or biting yourself.

For the first 10 days: When brushing teeth avoid the implant area and use the antibacterial mouthwash prescribed.
Following this period a toothbrush with soft bristles can be used for cleaning the area around the wound but care must be taken not to dislodge stitches.

Diet: Do not stop eating and drinking as it is important to stay well nourished and hydrated to promote healing. Avoid coffee, alcohol and cigarettes for two to three days. This reduces the risk of post-surgical bleeding and encourages healing.

Smokers: We would strongly advise that you do not smoke during the healing process.