* required field

how to find us...

Search Results

request a

* required field

Dental Implant Aftercare

It is vital to take proper care of your dental implant and the area around it to avoid potential problems.

Immediately after your dental implant treatment

  • Until the anaesthetic has worn off, do not eat and only have cold drinks.
  • Avoid hot drinks and hot food for the first 24 hours.
  • Do not disturb the area with your tongue or fingers.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise such as running or going to the gym for the first 48 hours.
  • Do not drink alcohol or smoke for at least two weeks, as it can significantly slow down the healing process.
  • Avoid chewy or hard foods, such as tough meat or crusty bread, for the first few weeks.
  • Try to keep food away from the implant area as long as possible. Rinse it after eating to help keep it clean.
  • On the evening of the treatment day, you can clean your teeth, but avoid the site around the implant. After a couple of days you can start to clean it gently. Warm salt water mouthwashes are helpful for the first week.
  • If we have given you anti-biotics, please finish the course.
  • You may have some swelling and/or bruising. This will start to ease after the first two days. Swelling can be reduced with ice packs - we recommend wrapping one in a towel, and holding it to the affected area for no longer than 10 minutes, with a 20 minute break in between.
  • You may have some pain for the first day or two - this can be relived by taking your usual over-the-counter pain-killers (eg paractamol or ibuprofen)
  • You may experience some bleeding. This is perfectly normal. If it persists apply gentle pressure with a damp, clean handkerchief or gauze for half an hour.
  • Your stitches will dissolve, but sometimes this can take 2-3 weeks. If they are bothering you please make an appointment with us so we can remove them.

On-going dental implant care

  • You need to take good care of your mouth to avoid any potential problems. This means following a good oral healthcare routine which includes:
  • Brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day, especially at bedtime.
  • Cleaning between your teeth - we will advise you on the best method of doing this.
  • Using a mouthwash daily can be beneficial.
  • Avoid smoking if you can - smoking significantly increases the risk of gum disease, which could lead to inflammation and infection around your implant.
  • Avoid fizzy and/or acidic drinks, and limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes only. This will help to avoid tooth decay - decay can cause inflammation or infection around your implant.
  • Visit us when recommended for your implant check-up appointments.
  • Visit your usual dentist and hygienist regularly.