Tips after dental implant surgery

  • In the first few hours after the operation you should keep cooling your cheek from the outside. This will help prevent swelling or at least will significantly reduce swelling. It is best to keep ice cubes or a couple of cool packs ready as replacements.

  • If you lie down this will increase the blood pressure in your head. It is better to sit in the first few hours are the operation. Light movement will also help. A walk in the evening will stimulate blood and lymph circulation. You should avoid exertion and exercise for a few days.       

  • Avoid eating and drinking hot beverages until the effect of the local anesthetic has worn off. Otherwise you may accidentally scald yourself or bite your cheek. If you feel thirsty before the anesthetic has worn off, it is best to drink some water.

  • Light foods like vegetables, salad or fish are ideal before the sutures have been removed. Glutinous, floury and hard foods that require strong chewing may cause inflammation. It is best to avoid such foods.

  • Coffee may cause post-operative hemorrhages and problems with wound healing. The same goes for black tea, cola drinks, alcohol and nicotine. You should avoid all these for the first few days after the operation.

  • You should always chew on the other side so long as the wound is not fully healed. But it is not serious if the wound does come into contact with food. Always rinse your mouth out well with warm water after eating.

  • You can clean your teeth again on the same day as the operation. You should clean your teeth again no later than the day after the operation to prevent the formation of plaque and bacteria that may cause inflammation in your mouth. You should keep clear of the actual area of the wound. Use a soft toothbrush just in case you do accidentally come into contact with wound. Do not use an electric toothbrush or a dental water jet.

  • You may experience pain depending on how many implants you have received. However, it can normally be controlled with a normal pain reliever. It is best to sleep with your head slightly elevated for the first night to prevent blood from accumulating in your head.

  • The sensitivity will decrease from day to day. To prevent irritation or inflammation avoid touching the wound with your tongue or your fingers

  • There may still be slight seepage of blood after the operation; this is quite normal. However, if the wound starts bleeding heavily hours or days later, something is not right. You should contact your doctor without delay.

  • The sutures are normally removed 7 to 10 days after implant placement. Your doctor will tell you exactly when.

  • After removal of the sutures the implant must heal. Depending on which implant system your dentist has selected for you, a gum shaper will be placed on the implant after a few weeks. It will be replaced by the final denture a little later.