October 19, 2021 Dental

Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces tooth roots with metal, screw-like posts and replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones. Dental implant surgery can offer a welcome alternative to dentures or bridgework that doesn’t fit well.

How dental implant surgery is performed depends on the type of implant and the condition of your jawbone. Dental implants will take a long way and take weeks to months to complete. Always ask questions and share your concerns with your dentist. It is therefore essential that you feel comfortable and confident in your dentist.

Like any surgery, post dental implant care is essential for a quick recovery.

Following post-operative instructions will help in a speedy recovery and ensure the success of the dental implant. 


Swelling and discomforts

For some days it is normal to experience some bleeding, swelling and discomfort that will steadily improve. There is no need to get panicked if there is red saliva. If bleeding does not stop for two days, it will be good to call the doctor for instructions.

It is highly recommended to complete the medicine course prescribed by the doctor. These medicines include antibiotics for minimizing the risk of infection, pain relievers for managing discomforts.

For the first 24 hours, regular icing helps in swelling control. A reusable ice bag or a frozen vegetable bag, wrapped in a soft towel, may be applied to the area of surgery to help minimize the swelling of your face.  Alternating 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off will usually be adequate during the first 24-48 hours after surgery.


Diet pattern

In the few days after surgery, it is better to have soft food and liquids. Avoiding hot and spicy foods is especially recommended. You can return to your routine diet after 4-5 days but it is still good to stay away from hard items until the implanted area is completely healed.

Chew on the opposite side and do NOT bite into food if the procedure was done in the front of the mouth.  


Soft food diet

  • Foods such as soups, pasta,
  • scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes,
  • macaroni & cheese etc. are good
  • Be sure to maintain adequate nutrition and drink plenty of fluids.

Food to avoid:

  •  sticky, hard food (such as ice cubes, nuts, popcorn, chips),
  • brittle, spicy, highly seasoned, or acidic foods in your diet.


Oral care

Post-surgery cleaning and hygiene is essential but it should not disrupt the healing process. On the day of surgery, doctors suggest brushing softly but avoid rinsing. From the next day, it is good to gently rinse with warm saltwater every time after eating.

After you have eaten or you have snacked, please use lukewarm salt water rinse 4-6 times a day; 30 seconds of swooshing with each use.

After a week it is still better to avoid toothbrushing and cleaning the implant area using a Q-tip.


Avoiding potential issues

  • Any kind of excessive pressure or biting force on the implant area should be avoided.
  • Avoid alcohol (even beer and wine) and smoking until after your post-operative appointment.
  • Smoking is not advised during the 7-14 days following surgery.
  • Please do NOT play with the surgery area with your fingers or tongue.
  • Do NOT pull down the lip or cheek to look at the area and do not have someone else look at the area.
  • Do NOT use a drinking straw, as the suction may dislodge the blood clot.
  • Avoid extremely hot or cold foods.
  • Patients with bruxism should have a bite guard or similar dental appliance for long-term protection.


Try to relax and practice the best oral hygiene possible and your healing should progress well. Make sure to visit your dentist regularly to track your healing process.


September 20, 2019 Dental

Have you been doing it wrong?

Brushing twice a day is important to remove plaque and keep your gums and teeth healthy.

It’s equally important to know how to brush your teeth, how long to brush for, how much force you use and what type of toothbrush you use not only to ensure efficient cleaning but also to avoid trauma to your teeth and gums.

Brushing twice daily spending half a minute on each quadrant is usually enough to get the best results. Two minutes out of our busy schedule every day and night is all it takes to keep the pearly whites clean and healthy. Listening to a two minutes song of your liking is a good way to monitor your brushing time.

The correct technique is equally important to utilise your two minutes efficiently. If you use an electric toothbrush its important to let the brush do the work while you try your best to reach all accessible surfaces of your teeth. Try to follow the shape of your gums and teeth by moving the brush head slowly. Try to avoid scrubbing back and forth vigorously in an effort to finish quickly or thinking you may be cleaning better.

With a manual toothbrush, you only need to express a pea-sized toothpaste with mild pressure. It’s important not to use too much force as it can cause gum trauma with recession or tooth trauma causing sensitivity. Please remember excessive forces during brushing can damage your teeth and gums causing sensitivity. Use a gentle circular motion with your toothbrush at a 45° angle directed towards the gums for cleaning the tooth along with gentle massage of gums to maintain optimal health.

Which Toothbrush is best and when to change it?

It’s important to use a toothbrush that cleans effectively without traumatizing your teeth and gums. A soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head and a flexible neck is all you need. If you see that the bristles of your toothbrush are starting to fray or showing signs of wear it’s a good indication that it is time for a change. Either that or changing your toothbrush every three months is a good guideline as well. It is important to know that it is ill advisable to share your toothbrush with others as your toothbrush can sometimes harbour germs of previous illnesses and communicable diseases.

If you have braces

It’s recommended that you brush after every meal, preferably using a toothbrush with a soft head to regularly clean away the food debris and plaque that can accumulate in the brackets.

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