Dental implant placement usually takes about an hour. After dental implant surgery, it is suggested that you take rest for 48-72 hours. Minimum activity helps in the healing process and controls post operative bleeding. Drink lots of fluids, but nothing too cold: do not use a straw. To reduce swelling, use an ice pack on your face for twenty-minute periods during the two days after surgery. If you have undergone upper implants, avoid blowing your nose for the following two weeks. It is common to experience slight bleeding and uncomfortable for about two days after surgery. The dentist will give you antibiotics and pain management medication to reduce the discomfort. Over the course of 3 days, most people start to feel better. Some patients after implant surgery may have elevated temperature of about 1 to 2 degrees: that is to be expected but should cause no concern. Most common question patients ask: can I brush right away after implant placement.
At Smiles on Greatwood Dentistry we advise to keep the area clean with salt water rinses after 24 hours. The periodontist can also give a Rx for Chlorohexidine rinse (mouth wash rinse). Patients can brush gently around the adjacent teeth. We usually have 48 hour post operative appointment to make sure patients are doing well. The treating Dentist will give further instructions on oral care after the post care appointment.