Dental Implants: A Post-Op Guide to Quick Recovery

Dental Implants: A Post-Op Guide to Quick Recovery

Dental implants have recently become one of the most popular and effective methods of dealing with missing teeth. Whether you’re getting just single tooth replacements or full arch replacements, dental surgery can be a scary procedure for most.

Although the surgery and recovery may seem daunting, it’s actually a very simple procedure that causes little to no pain. Most implant failures only occur a few days after surgery due to the inability to appropriately care for implants. In order to avoid infections and complications, it’s necessary to pay attention to post-op care for a quick and easy recovery.

Here are a few post-op tips we recommend to ease your pain and help you keep smiling confidently!

Oral Hygiene

For up to 24 hours after surgery, try to avoid rinsing your mouth with water. Afterward, add a spoonful of salt to a glass of warm water, and use that to rinse your mouth three to four times a day. Your dentist may provide you with a special brush or a soft pick to help you clean the implant area properly.

Make Use of Cold Compresses

Bleeding and bruising often accompany dental procedures, but the severity differs from procedure to procedure. Minor bleeding is expected and can easily be managed by biting firmly on a gauze pad for an hour after surgery. If bleeding continues, change the pad every half an hour, after which it will subside on its own. Use cold compresses to help reduce pain and discomfort from the surgery.

Eat and Drink Mildly

Make sure that you’re consuming only soft foods that are easy to chew, and avoiding spicy foods and alcohol for up to a week after surgery. Don’t chew on ice or any other food that requires effort, instead opt for soups, eggs, yogurt and ice-cream, so that there’s a minimal chance for food debris getting lodged between your teeth.

Sucking on straws may add pressure and damage the implant leading to an infection, so it’s best to avoid using them for at least two weeks.

dental surgeon performing implant surgeryAvoid Bad Habits

Smoking may undo the pressure on the implant and tobacco products generally slow down our body’s natural healing process. Additionally, smoking also stains tooth enamel, which can, fortunately, be corrected with a quick and easy teeth whitening procedure.

If you can’t quit forever, try avoiding smoking for up to three days after surgery to aid recovery.

Maintaining Implants

One of the main reasons for post-op implant complications is the failure to properly clean the implant by regularly neglecting brushing and or flossing. In order to avoid infections, it’s imperative that you clean your implant thoroughly so that there is no plaque or food debris leftover. 

Consult the Experts

If you’re facing any major complications after surgery, get in touch with your dentist immediately.

If you are looking to learn more about dental implants or other dental services in Santa Clarita, contact our team of leading dentists at Copper Hills Smiles. We are experts at providing affordable solutions and dental care for the whole family, promising to fulfill all your dental needs.

Contact us at 661-775-7717 or email us at

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