Immediate Post-Surgical Stage: 0-24 Hours After Surgery
Immediately after surgery, you will likely feel no discomfort since anesthesia continues to numb the surgical site. There are three different conditions of the surgical site at this point, depending on the decision your Sydney implant dentist made at the time of surgery. You might have:
- Gums stitched closed
- A healing cap
- Full restoration, such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture
If the surgical site doesn’t have a restoration, your dentist likely placed gauze there to help stop bleeding. Continue to apply pressure to the gauze to stop bleeding. As necessary, change the gauze gently.
With a healing cap or full restoration, the configuration of gauze will depend on the geometry of the site and the extent of bleeding. Follow the specific postoperative instructions your Sydney implant dentist gave you.
As your local anesthesia wears off, you will begin to feel discomfort. Your dentist will tell you when to expect this and when to start taking pain medication to head it off. If your dentist prescribed pain medication, take it as directed. If not, you can take over-the-counter pain medications. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen have the advantage of reducing swelling. There is some concern that these medications may impact bone healing, but most studies indicate the effect isn’t clinically significant. However, if you have other risk factors for failure to integrate (osteoporosis, previous smoking, etc.), it might be best to avoid NSAIDs.
Eat only soft, mild foods. Don’t use a straw. Don’t smoke or drink alcohol. The night after your surgery, don’t brush your teeth, rinse, or spit. It’s best to avoid strenuous exercise–take the rest of the day off if you can. Apply an ice pack as necessary to combat swelling and discomfort. Keep your head elevated.