If you have decided that you are going to get dental implants, you will want to spend a little time focusing on how you are going to handle the recovery once you are home. This way, you will know what to expect and can really get yourself prepared. The more you prepare for your time at home after the insertion of the implants, the easier things will be for you. Read through the following tips to help get you ready.
First Day With Gauze
Before you leave the dental office, they will place some gauze in your mouth that you will want to firmly bite down on. Keep the gauze in your mouth and change it out with fresh gauze as the one in your mouth becomes soaked. You will want to continue to change out the gauze for a couple hours, or until your dentist advises you. For the first day, you are likely to notice that there is a lot of bleeding and oozing fluids from the surgical site. This is normal and as the day progresses, you should notice that you will see less and less of it.
Gently Brush Your Teeth
You are able to brush your teeth the first night after getting the implants. However, you will want to brush slowly and carefully. Try to avoid disturbing the surgical site for the first time or two that you brush your teeth. This will help make sure that you are not interrupting the healing process.
Rinse Your Mouth With Warm Salt Water
Warm salt water can help with the healing process and provide some pain relief as well. You will want to wait until 24 hours have passed from the surgery time before you do the mouth rinse. After the 24 hours have passed, rinse with a warm salt water rinse. Be careful to make the rinse warm, as too hot or too cold can cause you a lot of pain around the surgical site. You can do this rinse every few hours until you are out of pain and the incision areas have healed.
Now that you have taken the time to review the previously mentioned tips, you should find that it is going to be easier than you might have thought to get yourself prepared for the recovery period. All you have to do now is to gather everything that you need and make any arrangements for help that you may require for a few days after your dental appointment.