After Surgery: Dental Implant Care Tips

dental implantsAfter placement of Pasadena dental implants, patients may experience discomfort due to the surgery. Fortunately, local dentists recommend dental implant care tips to alleviate these discomforts, which may include:

Biting on a Gauze Pad

Some redness or bleeding in the saliva is normal after 24 hours of the surgery. If patients experience excessive bleeding, they may bite on a gauze pad placed on the bleeding wound directly for 30 minutes to control the condition. If the remedy doesn’t work and the bleeding continues, they should call their dentist for further instructions.

Applying an Ice Pack

Swelling is a normal occurrence after dental implant surgeries. To minimize the condition, dentists recommend applying an ice pack to the cheek of the affected area. They recommend applying the ice continuously as often as possible for the first 36 hours after the surgery.

Taking Pain Medication

Dentists recommend taking pain medication as soon as the local anesthetic starts wearing off. For moderate pain, patients may take one to two Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol every three to four hours. As an alternative to Tylenol, they may take Ibuprofen, which comes in 200 mg tablets. They may take two to three tablets every four hours as needed. For severe pain, they should take the prescribed medication as directed.

Patients shouldn’t take any of these medications if they’re allergic or have been instructed by their doctor not to take it.

Ingesting Soft Food and Liquids

Dentists recommend drinking lots of fluids, but avoiding consumption of hot liquids or food, along with eating over the surgical site directly. Patients should ingest soft food and liquids after the surgery, and return to a normal diet as soon as possible, unless otherwise directed.

Depending on their condition, patients may follow these tips to alleviate the discomfort they’re feeling after the surgery. If the discomfort persists or worsens, they should consult their dentist immediately.

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As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.