It’s important to properly care for yourself and your new snap-on denture implants after surgery. The following tips will help with post-placement care after implantation. Read on for a successful post-procedure healing.
You must be aware of blood clots forming in the snap-on denture implant area. It’s crucial not to remove this clot because it’s preventing post-operative infection and inflammation. Here are a few reminders of things to avoid for the first 48 hours while healing after surgery.
- Avoid using a straw to drink a beverage.
- Don’t touch the implant site with your fingers or tongue.
- Gently rinse your mouth when needed.
- Eliminate smoking and drinking alcohol.
Start taking your prescribed pain medication after the anesthetic wears off. Your dentist will most likely recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers, like Ibuprofen and Extra Strength Tylenol. Avoid driving or operating machinery while taking the medication because it could make you drowsy. Follow the instructions and only take medicine as needed.
It’s natural to bleed at the implant location for a couple of days after surgery. Contact your dentist if the bleeding gets out of control or excessive. For one hour after surgery, bite down on damp gauze, and change out the gauze every 20 minutes. Keep your head elevated and avoid lying flat. Don’t engage in too much physical activity for the first two or three days post-surgery.
Pay Attention to Your Diet
Drink plenty of fluids after surgery. Begin with water, cranberry juice, ginger ale, and apple juice. Only eat soft foods in the week following the surgery. Slowly incorporate regular foods into your diet, but don’t eat hard foods until the implant location has healed.
It’s normal and expected for swelling to happen after surgery. The swelling will most likely pop up a day or two after the implantation. Hold ice packs to your cheeks in 20-minute intervals every few hours to reduce the inflammation.
Caring for yourself and your snap-on dentures after surgery is the key to a successful healing process. Follow the above post-placement denture implant care to ensure everything heals smoothly.