Dr Antoine Diss, a dental surgeon specialising in implant surgery and based in Nice (France), offers some advice to be followed after implant surgery.
You have just had surgery. It is important that you are aware of these instructions.
Things to avoid:
- After surgery, be careful not to bite anaesthetised areas: cheeks, lips, tongue.
- Do not smoke.
- Do not over-exert yourself physically.
- Do not eat or drink hot food.
- Avoid being in the sun for too long.
- For the first two night, sleep in a semi-sitting position to help drainage from the operation site during the night.
- In the case of sinus graft surgery (your dentist will have informed you of this), do not fly in the 10 days after surgery. Do not blow your nose and sneeze with the mouth open (do not hold back).
- You may feel some pain when the anaesthetic wears off. Depending on the case, this may be slight discomfort or stronger pain.
- We recommend taking the prescribed painkillers at regular intervals.
- Some swelling or oedema may appear in the two to three days after surgery ; this may last a week and is a normal post-operative reaction that is different in each person.
- Apply ice to the outer cheek protected by a cloth in the first few hours after surgery. This helps reduce swelling and pain.
- In all cases, whether for pain or for swelling, cold (anti-inflammatory) rather than heat needs to be applied.
- A haematoma (or red spot) may appear a few days after surgery.
- It may spread quite a lot, at a distance from the site of surgery (for example, neck, eyes).
- In general, it disappears 5 to 10 days later and changes colour during this time, to take on a brown or green hue.
- This is perfectly normal and varies depending on each patient and the surgery undergone.
- Blood may seep out for a few days after surgery.
- In the case of actual bleeding, exerting pressure for 30 to 60 minutes with a compress on the bleeding area should help stop the bleeding.
- If a large clot forms in the mouth, spit it out, rinse your mouth then apply pressure.
- If bleeding goes on, contact your dentist or hospital.
Any surgery can have unpredictable clinical symptoms.
Whatever the case, it’s important to keep calm and contact your dental surgeon by telephone or at the clinic.
In the event of an emergency, contact the Accident & Emergency department at the nearest hospital.