After Dental Implant Surgery
Placement of dental implants usually does not create a great deal of pain. Start with an over-the-counter pain reliever before using a narcotic.
DO NOT avoid cleaning the area. Most times the sutures that are placed are dissolvable sutures that will dissolve in up to twelve days.
If a one-stage implant was placed so that you can actually see the metal part protruding from the gum tissue, it is very important for you to keep this area clean. You may start with a cotton-tipped swab dipped in warm salt water and cleaning the area gently. You may then proceed to a soft toothbrush after one week.
Avoid chewing hard foods on the implant sites. Chewing forces during the healing phase can decrease the body’s ability to heal around the implant.
DO NOT use any mouth rinse, unless prescribed, during any part of the healing process. You may rinse with warm salt water if desired.
It is highly recommended to discontinue smoking for a minimum of one week after your procedure.