Have you ever been surprised by a call from your dentist inquiring how you’re doing after having had a procedure done earlier in the day or the previous day?  Aftercare is very important after any dental treatment and your dentist will want to make sure you’re recovering well and following post-procedure instructions to avoid the possibility of infection.

Implant surgery has become a popular option for tooth replacement.  Since it is a surgical procedure, however, there will be some bleeding afterward.  It can be controlled using gauze pads to apply pressure to the area.  Your dentist will advise that you change the pack every half hour.  Saltwater rinses can begin a day after the surgery.

Recovery requires rest.  Your dentist will suggest that you take the rest of the day to relax and recoup, the activity can encourage bleeding and swelling.  You may notice increased swelling 2 or 3 days into your recovery.  Apply an ice pack off and on every half hour for relief.

You will most likely need some sort of pain inhibitor, either over the counter or prescription.  Start taking it before the anesthetic from the surgery has worn off to avoid any discomfort. You will also need to watch what you eat, listening to your dentist’s diet recommendations.

These and other cautionary measures are meant to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.  Discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding your surgical procedure with your dentist.

Meadow Hills Dental in Aurora, CO offers a complete line of restorative dentistry services such as dental implants.  Call Meadow Hills today @ 303-625-9412.