Following your dental implant treatment at the Elevate Dental Implant Center, Dr. Sumitra Yalamanchili and Dr. Shalini Sethi recommend that patients minimize contact with the implant for the first two weeks after placement. Patients should eat soft foods and if possible chew away from the implant site. In addition, avoid touching your sutures. We will help you schedule a follow-up appointment two weeks after your implant procedure where we will remove the sutures.
Request a consultation with Dr. Yalamanchili and Dr. Sethi online to restore the gaps in your smile. You may also call our Hanover, Maryland dental office at 410-205-4997. Learn more tips about how to care for your dental implants after your treatment below.
Bleeding and Swelling
Following your dental implant surgery, you will experience bleeding at the surgical site. This bleeding will continue for several hours but can be treated with gauze. Fold damp gauze over the extraction site and gently bite on it for 30-60 minutes. Replace the gauze when it is soaked through. You will see pink or blood-tinged saliva for two to three days after your implant surgery.
You will also experience swelling which is a normal reaction to the procedure. The swelling will peak at two to three days following surgery and can continue for up to ten days. Apply ice packs to the outside of your face for 20 minutes on and then 20 minutes off for the first 24 hours. 48 hours after your surgery, you may use a warm and moist compress to combat swelling.
We recommend taking medications such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil after your anesthetic wears off. These medications are non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory. However, if you are currently taking medications such as Plavix or Coumadin, do not take Ibuprofen or aspirin products. Let our team know if you take Plavix or Coumadin and we will offer you a different medication to treat your pain.
Additionally, if you are feeling severe pain following your treatment, let us know and we may prescribe narcotic pain medication. Alternate this medication with Ibuprofen every two hours. You may take only Ibuprofen or Tylenol once you feel comfortable enough to stop taking the narcotic medication.
Foods and Drinks
Avoid hot liquids or foods as well as carbonated beverages while your mouth is still numb. Once the numbness wears off, you can progress to eating solid foods. A list of foods and drinks you can consume include:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Creamed Cereals