After Dental Implants
Placement of dental implants usually does not create a great deal of pain. Start with an over-the-counter pain reliever before using a narcotic.
Immediate cleaning instructions vary and will be given to you individually. Most times, if sutures are placed they will dissolve in up to twelve days once the tissue is healed.
If a one-stage implant was placed so that you can actually see the metal part protruding from the gum tissue, it is very important for you to keep this area clean. You may start with a cotton-tipped swab dipped in warm salt water and cleaning the area gently. You may then proceed to a soft toothbrush after one week.
Avoid chewing hard foods on the implant sites. Chewing forces during the healing phase can decrease the body’s ability to heal around the implant.
Do not use any mouth wash during any part of the healing process. You may rinse with warm salt water if desired. Your doctor will let you know when you can rinse with mouthwash.
It is highly recommended to discontinue smoking after any implant procedure. Smoking may cause implants to fail.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office at Denville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, LLC Phone Number 973-627-6006.