Getting dental implants can be both exciting and a little scary, especially if you are not sure what to expect right after getting them. This is why you will want to take a little bit of time to review the following information. The more you know, the more you can prepare.
The Day You Come Home
When you first arrive home on the day that you have received your dental implants, you will want to be careful not to disturb the surgical site. This means avoid playing around that area with your tongue and do not use a toothbrush too close to the implants. Even though you may not be brushing your teeth as soon as you arrive home, you will need to at least brush your teeth that evening before you go to bed. Just avoid the surgical site and use warm salt water to help clean your entire mouth. The warm salt water can also help a lot with any discomfort that you may be feeling.
The Next Couple Of Days
You may find that the first few days after getting your dental implants will be the worst as far as pain goes. While you may be able to relieve some of the pain with over-the-counter pain medication, your dental surgeon may give you a prescription for something a little stronger. You cannot drive or operate heavy machinery when taking any prescription pain medication. You may also find that you will experience some bleeding or oozing the first few days, but it will subside quickly. If it is persistent and lasting more than a couple of days, you will need to contact your oral surgeon. There may be an infection or a problem with one of the surgical sites.
The First Week Or Two
Occasionally, you might start to feel something sharp working its way out of your gums. While not everyone will experience this, it is not uncommon and should not be a cause for alarm. It is generally nothing more than tiny bone fragments that broke off during the surgery. Because the body recognizes it as a foreign object since it is no longer a part of your jaw, it will reject it by pushing it out through your gums. Just allow it to work its way out. You should not need the assistance of your dentist for this unless the piece is very large and it becomes lodged.