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After Dental Implant Surgery

Following dental implant surgery it is best for patients to limit their physical activity for the first 48 to 72 hours. This rest will help accelerate the healing process. After 48 hours you can apply ice to affected area to help reduce swelling and discomfort. Care should be taken to avoid beverages and food either too hot or cold, or that might irritate the implant area. If your implant is in the upper jaw, do not blow your nose for two weeks following the procedure.

Some bleeding is to be expected for up to two days following the implant. This is normal and not cause for alarm. Generally this will subside by day three. It is also common to run a fever of a degree or two. This, too, is expected. When your appetite allows, choose your foods carefully and do not chew directly above or below the implant or graft. Over time you will be able to resume you normal eating habits.

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