In order to install a dental implant, a titanium post will have to be screwed into your jawbone. Unfortunately that can be a problem if your jawbone has deteriorated – due to tooth loss, infection, or some other condition.
Assuming that is the case you’ll first need a bone graft that places new material into the area where the implant will be installed. It will have to heal before implant procedure can begin, which is why these tips to care for it could help a lot:
- Use gauze to stop the initial bleeding
During the first 24 hours you should expect some bleeding from the incision that was made during the bone graft surgery, and can use a clean gauze pad to stop it. Try to apply pressure onto the pad for an hour, but if the bleeding persists after 24 hours you should consult your dentist.
- Reduce swelling with an ice pack
Another common symptom is swelling, that can affect not your mouth and cheeks, but even your eyes. To reduce it you should use an ice pack and apply it to the area for no more than 30 minutes at a time, and take breaks of about 30 minutes too.
- Take care of your oral hygiene
As much as it may not be comfortable, you should stick to your regular oral hygiene routine and brush and floss at least twice a day. The last thing that you want is an infection that could lead to other complications.
- Stick to the prescribed medication
Normally your dentist will prescribe both pain medication as well as antibiotics after your bone graft surgery, and it is important that you take them. In particular you should make sure you finish the antibiotics regime, so that it is effective at fighting off any potential infection.
- Get lots of rest
Make no mistake you will have just undergone a surgery and your body will need time to recuperate. During the first two to three days in particular you should try to get as much rest as you can, and avoid strenuous activity that could slow your recovery.
- Eat healthy and avoid tobacco
To help your body recuperate, fight off infections, and heal – you need to make sure that you eat a balanced diet with all the nutrients that it requires. Also it would be a good idea to avoid tobacco-based products until the bone graft is fully healed, as it will affect your body’s ability to heal.
The better you care for your bone graft post-surgery, the less severe the symptoms will be and the faster it should heal. If you encounter any issues however, be sure to contact your dental implants Exeter dentist. In particular if the pain starts to get worse, the bleeding doesn’t stop or you develop a fever – you should immediately make an appointment. After the first few days you should be able to resume your normal routine, but it could take four to six months for the bone graft itself to fully heal.