In the days following dental implant placement, patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort. However, these side effects should subside within a few days, and patients should be able to return to routine activities three to four days after surgery. At Oral Surgery Associates, located near Monroe, LA, we can provide you with detailed at-home care instructions to help you achieve a smooth dental implant recovery. We can also monitor your progress during follow-up visits and update your treatment timeline accordingly.
Understanding the Recovery Process
Each recovery process is unique, as it is affected by your medical history, health, lifestyle, and commitment to following our at-home guidelines. The process also differs according to the type of implants you receive.
Each recovery process is unique, as it is affected by your medical history, health, lifestyle, and commitment to following our at-home guidelines.
After your initial recovery period, your body will undergo a natural process called osseointegration. During this period, the implant will fuse with surrounding tissue to create a permanent foundation for your restoration. Osseointegration typically lasts between three and six months, after which, you can receive your final restoration. If you are receiving single stage implants, you generally need to wait six weeks before your restoration can be placed. For those who qualify for Teeth-in-a-Day, your restorations are attached on the same day as your minimally-invasive dental implants surgery.
Care Instructions following Dental Implants Surgery
Immediately following surgery, your doctor will apply gauze over the surgical sites. You should bite down gently yet firmly to ensure it remains in place. You can remove the gauze after one hour. However, if you continue to experience bleeding, you can place a new pack every 30 to 45 minutes. Patients can expect minor bleeding to occur for up to 24 to 48 hours after surgery. If you have excessive bleeding, or bleeding does not stop, please contact our office.
The First Few Days
The first day after surgery should be spent on the couch or in bed. You should get plenty of rest and remain hydrated. You can expect to resume normal activities within three to four days. Any bleeding, swelling, or pain should diminish within two to three days of surgery. However, you may place ice packs on the outside of your cheeks to reduce inflammation. Prescribed pain medications and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can also alleviate discomfort during this time.
After surgery, it is important to avoid touching the surgical site. Do not rinse vigorously or use a straw, as this can disrupt the forming blood clot. You should maintain proper oral hygiene by gently brushing your teeth or using salt water rinses two to three times per day. Throughout healing, you should refrain from smoking, as it can slow the rate of healing and compromise the success of your procedure.
Proper nutrition after surgery is integral to a successful recovery. However, patients should exercise caution when eating or drinking after surgery. You should avoid very hot foods, sharp foods, or items like rice or popcorn which may become lodged in the surgical sites. We advise patients to eat softer foods, such as soups and puddings during the first few days to avoid undue pressure on the implants. You may gradually progress to eating solid foods after several days.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you would like to learn more about the dental implant recovery process, contact us online to schedule a consultation with our team at Oral Surgery Associates. You can also call us at (318) 388-2621.