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Caring Tips for Dental Implants

You need to take care of the new dental implants so that it will not develop complications. Caring for new dental implants can last up to weeks. Here are some Santa Ana dentists approved home caring tips for new dental implants: 

Day of Surgery 

On the first hours after the surgery, bite the gauze gently but firmly. Make sure they stay in place. There is no need to replace the gauze unless it is already full of blood.  If the bleeding continues, place more gauze to create pressure over the affected area. Resist any urge to disturb the surgical area. Be gentle when you brush or you rinse. Don’t smoke at this stage of recovery. If you still experience bleeding after 24 hours, make a saltwater solution of 1 tablespoon of salt dissolved in 8 ounces of water then gargle 2-3 times a day, especially after eating. 

Do bed rest for the first day. Avoid doing any strenuous activity. When getting up from lying down position, do it slowly. Don’t stand up suddenly. Don’t do exercise 3-4 days after the surgery. 

When it comes to diet, you may or may not restrict your food to soft meals (soup, pudding, puree, milk shakes, etc.). You can drink directly from the glass without the aid of a straw. Avoid very hot foods. Avoid foods that can lodge into the surgical site such as nuts, rice, sunflower seeds, popcorns, etc. 

Second and Third Days after the Surgery 

Rinse your mouth with saltwater solution of ¼ teaspoon of salt dissolved in 8 ounce of warm water. Take at least five minutes when rinsing the entire glassful, giving focus on the surgical area. Rinse at least two to three times daily. Do gentle brushing; just put enough pressure on the brush to clean the teeth, gums and tongue.  Don’t forget to brush the affected area, just be careful not put too much pressure when brushing.  

You can begin eating regular meals on smaller portions. It is advisable that you still refrain from eating foods that can fill the surgical area.  

You may experience bleeding during brushing which is normal when the bleeding is minimal. The first 2 -3 days after the surgery is the most uncomfortable phase of the healing process. You may also experience sore throat, dry lips and stiff jaw muscles. This is normal; it will eventually go as the natural healing continues. If it won’t go away after a week, call your dentist 

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