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During the first hours after the operation, we will have to exert pressure on the wound with the help of gauze that the dentist will provide us with. Throughout the day, if the bleeding does not stop completely, we can change the gauze and keep it under pressure in the area to stop the bleeding completely.
All professionals recommend waiting at least two days to return to sports or activities that require great physical effort. After all, the placement of a dental implant is still an intervention and our body will need rest to stabilize and regenerate the tissues in that area.
Apply cold to the area
Inflammation of the tissues surrounding the implant is one of the most common symptoms, so it is advisable to apply cold to that area to prevent swelling and reduce discomfort.
Sleeping on your side and with your head higher
Professionals recommend that during the first night after surgery, the patient sleeps with the head a little higher than the rest of the body and preferably lies in a lateral position. This way, if the wound starts to bleed in the middle of the night, no plugging will occur and it can drain naturally to the outside.
The first week after the intervention it is recommended to have an extremely soft diet, based on liquids and crushed foods.
Take the medication
Our dentist will indicate the medication that we will have to take in the days following the operation, it being usually necessary to continue taking antibiotics and anti-inflammatories for at least a week to avoid new infections and reduce pain.
Don't smoke or drink alcohol
One of the first things professionals advise their patients against is smoking or drinking alcohol during the week following the intervention.
This is due to the fact that tobacco or alcohol is very harmful substances for the health of our gums, which can cause an infection of the area and make the healing of the tissues inadequate.
Do not drink or eat hot foods
It is recommended that you avoid eating very hot food, as it stimulates blood circulation and may cause further bleeding from the wound.
Don't make a mess and don't brush the area
This does not mean that we should not brush our teeth, but that we should do so much more carefully and without touching the wound area until the stitches have fallen out or been reabsorbed.
Neither is it recommended to rinse or spit, as this could open the wound and cause further bleeding.
In general, following all these indications the healing process of the implants is always satisfactory. However, if we observe that the wound does not heal well and that we have a lot of discomfort in the area despite following all these indications, we should urgently call our dentist and request a new visit.
Dr. Somayeh Nourian is the principal dentist at Kiwi Dental focusing on restorative, cosmetic and dental surgeries. With over 14 years of experience as a family dentist, she has earned the trust of many families to take care of their oral health.
She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a bachelor of Biochemistry and earned her dental degree from the University of Toronto in 2006. She has a passion for dental surgeries including dental implants and gum grafts and is currently part of the Ontario Dental Implant Network.