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What is follow-up care necessary after getting a dental implant?

What is follow-up care necessary after getting a dental implant?

Patients with any tooth damage or cracked go for dental implant surgery because they want good teeth to be maintained and a perfect smile on their face—the primary care starts when the procedure begins and requires lifelong care.

Dental implants have an enormous achievement rate, but they can disappoint for various reasons. It’s necessary to grasp the possible dangers so you can take steps to recover your odds of progress. It involves seeking medicine for any gum or ossein problems before surgery, choosing an expert surgeon, and following good oral hygiene before and after surgery. If an implant procedure is failing, continuously consult more dental implant surgeons.

Follow-up care procedure after surgery

After surgery, the effect of anesthesia remains for a few hours, and the patient can feel nausea, so avoid driving and be in bed for a few hours.

  • Be in touch with your surgeon after the surgery. An excellent dental surgeon will thoroughly examine your mouth to identify any potential difficulties or issues after treatment.
  • If the patient is a smoker or takes drugs they should quit it. Keep excellent oral health. Brush your teeth twice a day and rinse your teeth every time after eating.
  • Try to be on a more liquid diet for some days to avoid any problems. Eat soft food which does not require force and avoid hard food that requires pressure and more chewing. Do not touch the implant with your finger or tongue after the surgery.
  • After the dental implant procedure is done, bleeding will occur for two to three days. You do not need to clean it from gauze because it will not cause any infection. Gauze is clean and sterilized, and it will not cause sickness or any harm to your implant and nearby area. If there is heavy bleeding, do not panic, sit, relax, and do not do physical work.
  • Soon after the effect of anesthesia starts finishing, the implant area may start paining. Do not eat any painkillers of your choice. Ask your dentist about the dope because some painkillers contain drugs that create hindrances in the healing process.
  • There will be swelling and hurting on your face and gums due to the surgery. You can put an ice pack for a few minutes near your beginning to get some relaxation. Swelling will be only for a few hours or days.
  • If you are a working person, take leave from your job for some days to avoid any physical activity, stress, and injury.
  • You need to check your implant activity daily, like whether it’s sticky or moving. Sometimes implant failure happens, so you need to take more care in the initial days.
  • To avoid more swelling, try not to sleep on the sides and sleep straight without pressing your face on any side.
  • Do not eat or drink hot food. Avoid sticky and crunchy food. Eat food from the other side of the mouth and avoid touching the implant.

Risk of long-term complications

  1. If the patient feels insensitivity or stinging in the tongue, lips, gums, or face after the implant surgery, it could be muscle or nerve damage.
  2. Sometimes the body rejects the dental implant. The hints of refusal involve swelling for a long time, pain in the implant area, and sickness.
  3. Sinus cavity can occur in many cases when an implant is placed on the upper jawbone.
  4. Injury around the dental implant area will result in the removal of the implant.


After surgery, there is a high risk of implant failure, so follow the instructions given to enjoy the success of the surgery. Do they care as the doctor suggested and in case of any query contact the doctor. Please do not take any medicine of your own choice because it can cause many problems shortly. To reduce the possibility of long-term obstacles, proceed to follow good hygiene and keep your jaws, implants, and gums healthful. Brush and gargle at least twice a day, rinse your mouth with mouthwash and consult your implant surgeon for regular checkups. Extreme care is required only for a week after that patient can relax a bit but not being careless. After successful surgery, problems can occur if patients do not properly care for their teeth and implant.

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Dr. Swapnil Pande

Dr. Swapnil Pande

Dr. Swapnil Pande is a BDS & MDS in teeth replacement and implantology (prosthodontics). He has been practicing as an implantologist, smile designer & consultant in Bandra and Mira Bhayandar.

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