The thought of dental implant surgery can be intimidating if not a bit scary. However, here at Dr. Huffstutler’s dental practice, your comfort and safety are our number one priority. That’s why we like for you to know everything that you should expect before and after implant surgery. Some things are simply common sense, but others might surprise you.
Some Things Might Surprise You
As with any surgery, there are some things to be expected, but the first two topics below might surprise you:
Activities: You may not have thought that you should try to remain inactive after dental surgery, but that is the case. The only activity you should partake in immediately after surgery is rest. Any exercise should be avoided for 3 to 4 days post-surgery because it can result in increased bleeding, swelling, and pain. You should also be careful when standing up after lying down. Standing too quickly can cause light-headedness.
Oral hygiene: You may think it would be best not to brush your teeth after dental implant surgery. However, it is important to keep your mouth clean, and your teeth and gums free of plaque and harmful bacteria. Brush your teeth the night of surgery, but be gentle around the surgical sites. Begin salt water rinses 24 hours after surgery (1 tablespoon of salt to 8 ounces of water.) Rinse 2-3 times a day, especially after eating.
Be Careful: Do not disturb the surgical area the first day. Also:
- Do NOT rinse vigorously
- Do NOT probe the area with any objects
- Do NOT SMOKE while healing