Postoperative Care to Control Discomfort
While we can control discomfort during the procedure, you will have the most influence on discomfort after the procedure. If you follow postoperative instructions closely, you can minimize pain after your procedure.
Prepare yourself for optimal healing by making sure you’re getting the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Applying ice to your cheek near the surgery site can help control swelling and discomfort. Rotating ten minutes on and ten minutes off often works to control discomfort. Depending on your procedure, we may or may not prescribe pain medication. If you have been prescribed medication, take it according to instructions. If not, you can use over-the-counter medication according to the label instructions.
Hot and spicy foods can also increase your discomfort, so avoid them for at least the first day after your procedure. Gradually return to a normal diet as discomfort and swelling diminish. Usually, discomfort diminishes, and you’ll feel back to normal about 5-7 days after surgery.
Check here for more information about the dental implant healing process. Contact us if you experience:
- Pain beyond 10 days after surgery
- Pain that increases over time
- Bleeding or redness beyond a few days after surgery
- A dental implant that seems loose
These might be signs of serious complications.