After oral surgery, it is normal to experience some swelling and pain after the procedure which could last for two to three days. If the pain and swelling increase after three days you should immediately contact the dental clinic for an appointment. The most discomfort is felt when feeling in the mouth comes back after anaesthetic and you can also expect some bleeding and oozing during the first 24 hours after dental implant surgery. Dental surgery patients usually visit the dental clinic after one week to check on the healing process and to remove sutures.
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3 Things To Avoid After Dental Implant Surgery
1. Do not apply any heat to your face unless you have been advised to do so by the dental surgeon as this can increase swelling.
2. Do not suck on anything and do not use straws as this can cause negative pressure in the mouth that could dislodge a blood clot that is keeping the wound closed. These actions could cause increased bleeding and generally delay healing.
3. Do not smoke.
For patients who have been advised to follow sinus precautions, this is what not to do:
– Don’t blow your nose, wipe gently instead.
– If you feel the need to sneeze, keep your mouth open while sneezing.
– Do not smoke or use straws.
Diet After Dental Implant Surgery
– For the first two days after surgery drink liquids such as eggnog or milkshakes and eat only soft foods like cottage cheese, soups, ice cream, mashed potatoes, and smoothies or protein shakes
– After two days eat soft foods that don’t require too much chewing such as noodles and macaroni cheese, soft sandwiches and soft boiled or poached eggs.
– Avoid eating crunchy or tough foods such as hamburgers, popcorn, pizza, and steak.
– Avoid foods that are highly acidic or spicy.
Most oral surgery patients are able to resume a normal diet within seven days after surgery.