Dental Implant Aftercare Do's and Dont's

Dental Implants

General Advice on Dental Implant Aftercare


• Strenuous activity involving teeth and in general is heavily discouraged for two weeks after the dental implant treatment in Turkey has been done. To most patients' surprise, standing and bending should be heavily avoided for 7 days after the implant is placed, as it may interfere with the recovery of the implant area. It is also recommended that you do not go to the pool, sauna or solarium until the swelling around the area is down.


•Do not, under any circumstance, touch the implant and its immediate surroundings. The area may be infected or the recovery may be affected as a result.


•If your doctor prescribes antibiotics or painkillers, follow the recommended doses, do not go under or above them.


•Driving. Some anesthetics or painkillers given to the patient during the procedure may impair their ability to concentrate. This is often the case for immediately after the operation but painkillers affect the patient as long as they are used. So be aware.


•At night, keep your head above your torso and do not lie on the side of the implant. It may interfere with the recovery process


•Dental check-ups, at least once every 6 months, combined with professional plaque and tartar removal by a Dental Clinic hygienist are essential.


•Swelling and bruising of the implant area, cheek or chin is normal and will disappear after a few days. They can be reduced by applying cold compresses for two hours after the procedure. A routine of 10 minutes cooling and 10 minutes rest for up to 2 hours after the procedure is recommended.


On dental hygiene


• Do not clean the insertion area for 10 days after the tooth has been implanted, unless otherwise instructed by the dentist. Other teeth in the mouth should be cleaned thoroughly


• Do not rinse your mouth for 8 hours after the procedure. This may cause the area to bleed and interfere with the recovery process.


• Following the day after the implant has been placed, start rinsing your mouth with warm water - three times a day: after breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Diet


• Do not eat for two hours after the operation has been gone through with or until the anesthesia has worn off.


• Hot foods such as tea should be avoided for two days after the dental implant treatment. Eat only liquid or semi-liquid foods. Smoking cigarettes, alcohol, soft drinks and dairy products are not allowed during this period.


• You should avoid chewing and thus eating hard food food at the implant site until the wound has healed.


When should I see a dentist


After the procedure, the patient is given a list of indications and medications prescribed by the dentist. Phenomena such as swelling are normal, so there is no need to be alarmed. Most swelling appears on the second day after the procedure and can last up to several days.


A common symptom is also bruising around the implant site. It can last up to two weeks, is a natural reaction of the body to the surgery and should not be a cause for concern.


However, there are situations that may indicate increased inflammation after implantation:

• Several days after the procedure, pain is still bothersome and does not decrease


• Swelling does not decrease for a long period of time


• Prolonged headaches


• Excessive bleeding


If any of these symptoms begin to bother you, you should consult your dentist immediately.


It is recommended that the patient come in for his or her first follow-up visit approximately 10 days after the procedure. In addition to monitoring the healing process, the dentist will remove the stitches if a standard protocol was used. Remember that regular check-ups at the dental clinic, at least once every six months, are recommended when the patient's condition is normal. This ensures that the implants are stable and the teeth are healthy.