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Follow-up and aftercare

After dental implant placement, the healing process begins. This period is critically important for good integration of the implant into the structure of the bone. This is why healing must not be disturbed.

It is necessary to follow few rules.

Postoperative instructions:

  • • It is recommended not to drive for a few hours after surgery. Take arrangements to be taken to and from the dentist’s office.
  • • Keep your head elevated for the first 24 hours, even in bed.
  • • Chew only on the opposite side of the mouth until the effects of anesthesia have completely worn off to prevent injury from accidentally biting yourself.
  • • If medication is prescribed, follow your dentist’s instructions regarding dosage and proper time to take your medicines.
  • • Do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages, and avoid hot drinks for 3 days after surgery.
  • • Avoid eating hard, crunchy or acid food. Once healing is complete, you can eat whatever you want.
  • • Avoid physical activities to a minimum for 3 days following surgery.
  • • As long as the implanted area is sensitive, avoid using the tooth brush in this area.

From week 2 after surgery:

  • • You can brush your teeth as usual. However, be careful to gently brush the implanted area using a delicate post-surgical brush and paying particular attention to intertooth spaces.
  • • During the follow-up visit, your dental surgeon will evaluate the status of the healing process.

An annual follow-up from your dentist is necessary to ensure the success of your treatment in long term.

Possible adverse effects

As dental implant restoration is now a common procedure, adverse effects and complications are very scarce.
Just follow your dentist’s instructions and take the prescribed medicines (respect dosage and recommended administration time).
Should unusual symptoms persist (i.e. swelling, bleeding, pain, effects of anesthesia ….), contact your implantologist immediately.