With proper care, implants will last a lifetime While obviously each person’s case is different, recovery after dental implant surgery generally occurs in a series of phases. The primary focus with your new dental implants should be maintaining proper oral hygiene. For the implant to properly fuse with the jawbone, it must remain clean. When properly cared for, a dental implant can serve its owner for life. After your surgery Following dental implant surgery by Dr. Khullar in Little Rock, you must take detailed care of the area surrounding your new implant. For the first month the dental implant is still integrating with the bone and tissues so the your daily care routine will be somewhat more involved during this initial period. Above all, do not disturb the wound in the first few days following surgery. Avoid spitting, rinsing and touching your mouth for 24 hours after surgery to avoid irritating or contaminating the surgical site. It's critical to follow these care instructions after your surgery: ANTIBIOTICS To prevent infection at the surgical site, you should take all prescribed antibiotics. Twenty-four hours after the surgery, you should begin using the prescribed oral rinse twice daily alongside a warm saltwater rinse 4-5 times daily (preferably after every meal/snack). BLEEDINGBlood in the your saliva is normal during the first 24 hours following surgery. Dentalways in Little Rock suggest biting on gauze pads to help control and lessen blood flow. Gently bite down on the gauze pad and try to maintain constant pressure, repeating as often as needed, or until bleeding lessens. DEALING WITH PAINShortly after your dental implant surgery by implant dentist, Dr. Khullar, the anesthetic will wear off. You should begin taking pain medication before this happens. Any over-the-counter pain medication can be taken (e.g., Tylenol®, Aleve®, ibuprofen, etc.). DIETDentalways recommends an initial diet of soft foods, but you can resume a normal diet as soon as you feel capable of doing so. Stay hydrated. It is critical that you are drinking plenty of fluids. HYGIENEThe surgical site must be kept clean, in order for the dental implants to heal properly. Continue to brush your teeth as you normally would, but avoid any sutures and don't brush the implant. The antibiotic and saltwater rinses will disinfect the implant itself. SWELLING After dental implant surgery some amount of swelling is to be expected. To help minimize swelling, try to keep your head elevated and lower your activity level as much as possible. Use ice packs for the first 48 hours and apply continuously, or as frequently as possible to minimize facial swelling. WEARING YOUR PROSTHESIS OR NIGHT GUARDPartial dentures, flippers, full dentures, retainers, or night guards should not be used for at least 10 days following surgery. If there are any special circumstances, our practice in Little Rock will discuss those with you during your pre-operative consultation. SMOKINGSmoking after dental implant surgery has an increased risk of infection which also increases the risk of dental implants failing to integrate. Dentalways suggestion you don't smoke for a minimum of 2 weeks after dental implant surgery. What does recovery involve? While each person's recovery will be different, generally speaking dental implant surgery happens in a series of phases. With your new dental implants by Dr. Khullar in Little Rock, maintaining proper oral hygiene should be your primary focus. In order for the implant to properly fuse with your jawbone, it must stay clean. When properly cared for, your dental implant can serve you for life. If you maintain proper at-home care and hygiene, the amount of oral discomfort you experience should gradually lessen. Swelling, bruising, and minor bleeding may still occur. If any pain does continue, continue using the pain medications. Healing time differs depending on whether a you receive immediate crown placement, or if you wait for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. Your recovery time frame will depend on your individual case and treatment plan. Dentalways will schedule follow-up appointments accordingly. After surgery, eat, speak and live a better life People in Little Rock who choose implant-supported dentures have a better ability to chew, have an improved appearance, are more confident, maintain a healthier diet and feel happier and better about themselves. Implant-supported dentures feel more like “real” teeth because they feel more stable and secure. You deserve to have the confidence and happiness that come with implant supported dentures.