Dental Implant surgeries completely look natural and are extremely safe. Even the complications from such a surgery are minimal as it is carried out in a very professional manner. After such a surgery, what can a patient expect? It varies from each individual, but there are certain common side effects that will occur.
Swelling and Bruising
Swelling is another common side effect that occurs when an individual undergoes a surgery. The incision area is most likely to swell after the surgery but it will subside on its own. Using ice can help the patient reduce the swelling. Internal bruises and bruising on cheeks can also be experienced.
Pain is a very common side effect that occurs after surgery but the anesthesia used during the surgery will numb the pain. Incase the patient experiences pain a few days after the surgery, certain medications prescribed by the dentist will alleviate the pain. Dentists don’t prescribe aspirin medications as it increases the risk of bleeding. So, it is advisable to not take aspirin without consulting the doctor.
The patients might see blood in their saliva after the surgery but that’s nothing to panic. Biting on gauze pads helps you control the blood flow.
Serious complications after the surgery are extremely rare because of the surgical procedure which is free from harm. But certain side effects like developing infections at the incision area could be possible. In such a case, they have to be treated as soon as possible because most infections can spread to other parts of the body. Other serious problems like nerve damage and sinus problems can occur but it very rare. After undergoing a surgery, the patient must carefully listen to the dentist’s instructions and attend all his follow-up appointments.
The patient must follow a proper diet to recover completely from a dental implant surgery. Avoiding hot and spicy foods is essential because irritations can occur at the incision area. Alcohol should be completely prevented as consuming it can increase pain and swelling. Intakes of sticky or chewy foods should also be avoided to prevent the cause of any infection at the incision area. Food Items like broth soup, apple sauce, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, yogurt, cheese, butter etc., can be consumed as these food items do not require a lot of jaw movement and do not cause any irritation at the incision site.
Tips to follow
- Brush your teeth carefully and make sure you don’t collide with the incision area.
- Avoid touching the surgical area
- Warm salt water can be used to keep your mouth fresh and clean
- Prevent doing heavy exercises for a while
- Yoga and stretching exercises are some of the light workouts you can do after surgery. It is to be noted that your doctor must be consulted first. Such exercises can help in improving blood circulation and fasten the healing process.
Following these instructions can help the patient recover from the surgery without any complications. Dental Implant surgeries are very safe and do not have any major risk unless some instructions are not followed. If you have any questions regarding dental implant surgery, please do ask us.