If you’ve just had dental implants, you are aware that taking care of them is a great responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Luckily, your dentist in Gloucester can help you take care of your Implant & Ceramic Dental Studios dental implants, so that you can enjoy them for years to come.
Bleeding after the operation is normal – but beware!
Some bleeding after an operation for dental implants is expected. Your dentist in Gloucester will apply light pressure with a sterilised gauze on the sites of your implants until the bleeding stops. However, bleeding after the operation may continue for several hours and that’s absolutely normal. If bleeding continues for many hours after the operation or if you are in pain, then you should let your dentist in Gloucester know immediately since this may indicate an infection or a post-operative implication.
Swelling and bruising should also be expected
Swelling is the body’s natural reaction to healing following implant surgery and you shouldn’t be alarmed. The same applies for bruising. Swelling and bruising will appear several hours after the surgery and will last for a few days (no more than 2-3 days). You can minimise the discomfort by applying ice packs carefully to the outside of your face for a few seconds.
Are antibiotics necessary?
If your dentist in Gloucester has prescribed antibiotics, you should take them diligently in order to avoid infection in the surgical sites. Your dentist will also recommend an antibacterial mouthwash which can be used directly after your operation.
Customise your oral hygiene
You can brush and floss your teeth even a day after the operation, being careful to avoid the surgical sites. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth as you normally would without applying unnecessary pressure. The antibacterial mouthwash will disinfect the dental implants.
Customise your diet
Depending on the number of dental implants installed in your mouth, you may have to change your diet for a few weeks until they are completely healed. In the first days following the operation, avoid hard foods and only resume your normal diet after your dentist in Gloucester says so.