BEFORE THE SURGERY:
After dental implants are placed, all the surrounding teeth must be thoroughly cleaned in order to avoid contamination of the wound. It is recommended to use a variety of products to rinse the mouth, a very soft surgical toothbrush for the hygiene of a postoperative wound and interdental brushes with plastic coated wire to avoid damaging of the implant or the bars for two weeks after the surgery.
AFTER THE SURGERY:
- In the case of pain take a painkiller you usually use, but not aspirin because it can prolong the bleeding.
- The first day do not rinse your mouth with liquids. The teeth should be cleaned as usual. THE next day, if there is no bleeding, every four hours, rinse your mouth with sage tea.
- Minor bleeding can occur two or three days after the surgery. In the event of a severe and prolonged bleeding, contact your doctor immediately. If you are not able to do so, put a piece of sterile gauze over the bleeding site. Bite through it and keep it pressed for about half an hour. This can be repeated for several times.
- Swelling after the surgery is not a rare phenomenon and it is not dangerous. To decrease it you should cool the skin over the treated part during the first twelve hours after the surgery with ice or cold packs for 20 minutes with breaks of ten minutes.
- You can eat normally but during the first day you should take liquid food. You should avoid hot drinks. Avoid granular foods that can accumulate in the wound.
- If you are a smoker, you should not smoke for 3-4 hours after the surgery while the wound is still bleeding.
- The stitches will fall only about 7-10 days after the surgery. If they do not fall within 14 days you have to go to the dentist or take them off by yourself with sterile scissors and tweezers.