Following implant placement one can expect, to varying degrees, bleeding, swelling and discomfort. Here is a breakdown of the symptoms:
- Bleeding: You will probably experience some oozing of blood for 24 hours. Do not be alarmed. This is quite normal.
- Swelling is not unusual. Any swelling should peak at about 48 hours and then start to decrease. If swelling is anticipated or to help soothe the area, an ice pack can be placed next to the surgical site and left in place for 20 minutes then 20 minutes off. Repeat as needed. This will help to prevent swelling by reducing blood flow in the area. Do not apply heat to the area because this will increase swelling. It is also a good idea to keep your head propped up slightly when resting for the first 72 hours. It is also important to take the ibuprofen as prescribed even if it is not needed for pain to manage swelling and inflammation.
- To manage discomfort as you heal, please take the medication that was prescribed for you before the anesthetic has worn off. Then continue to take the medication by the clock for the remainder of that day and the next.
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