You’ve made it through the surgery, now comes the recovery. While dental implant surgery is low risk, it is still a medical procedure that requires care and attention in order to heal properly and set your new implants up for long term success. 

We’ll walk you through the important post-op instructions for the first few weeks after your full arch dental implant surgery. From managing pain and swelling to caring for your surgical sites to when you can expect your new temporary dentures or bridge, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know. 

Following these instructions closely will help speed your recovery so you can be back to enjoying life with your new confident smile in no time. 

Post-Op Instructions

Oral Hygiene

Following full arch dental implant surgery, maintain oral hygiene by gently rinsing after meals and before going to bed, you should warm saltwater, which is equal to one teaspoon of salt per eight ounces of water, should be used to rinse your mouth. It is best to avoid vigorous rinsing because it has the potential to interfere with the healing process.

Dietary Considerations

For the first few days, you should stick to a soft diet 24-48 hours post-surgery to minimize stress on the surgical site. Opt for foods like soups, yogurt, mashed potatoes, and smoothies. Avoid hot, cold, hard, or crunchy foods during this period.

Pain Management

It is possible that you will have some soreness or edema following the surgical procedure. Follow your dentist’s prescribed pain medication and use ice packs to reduce swelling. Ensure you take the prescribed medications as directed.

Aftercare Tips 

Oral Hygiene Routine

Resume your regular oral hygiene practices, including gentle brushing and flossing, but be cautious around the surgical site. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Proper oral hygiene is crucial for preventing infections and ensuring that your dental implants continue to be in good health.

Dental Check-ups

Schedule and attend regular dental check-up appointments with your dentist at River District Smiles Dentistry. These visits are essential for monitoring the condition of your full arch dental implants, assessing your overall oral health, and addressing any concerns promptly.

Dietary Choices

Making wise dietary choices is paramount for maintaining denture durability and oral health. Incorporate a variety of nutritious foods like lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Opt for softer versions of these foods initially; for instance, choose cooked vegetables over raw ones. 

Consuming too much sugar can cause plaque buildup, affecting both your dentures and natural teeth, if any. Stay well-hydrated, but avoid hot beverages that could warp your dentures. 

With time, you’ll regain confidence in eating a broad spectrum of foods, contributing to a balanced diet and a healthy, happy smile.

Let Us Take Care of Your New Dental Implant

River District Smiles Dentistry is thrilled to offer full arch dental implants, providing a permanent and truly life-changing solution for complete tooth replacement. It’s crucial to follow the post-operative instructions diligently and maintain recommended aftercare practices to ensure the success of your dental implant procedure and achieve optimal oral health. 

By adhering to these guidelines and practicing preventative oral hygiene, you’ll enjoy the full benefits of a functional and beautiful smile for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns about your full arch dental implants or their aftercare, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated dental team. We are here to offer guidance, support, and ensure your utmost satisfaction with your oral health journey.