If you are considering dental implants and are in the research phase, you probably want to know as much as possible about the process. How invasive is it, how much will it last, how much will it cost, and so on?
In this article, we're going to address one of the most asked questions from our patients: what is the healing process after implants?
Here's what you need to know.
Immediately After Implant Surgery
Because the dentist will use an anesthetic, you will not feel any pain for a few hours after the implant surgery. You will have to bite down on a gauze for about two hours after the surgery to promote the formation of the blood clot.
While you can eat after the surgery, it may be best to wait a while. You are still under the effects of the anesthetic, and there's a high risk that you may hurt yourself by accidentally biting your tongue or the inside of your cheeks. If you do eat, stick to soft foods that don't require a lot of chewing, like yogurt or smoothies.
If possible, try to take the day off to give your body the chance to rest and recover.
24 to 72 Hours After the Surgery
You can expect some pain and swelling in the first two to three days after the implant surgery. That's normal and it will likely subside after this period. If the discomfort is too big, you can use OTC medication to manage your pain.
Continue eating soft foods to avoid getting any food debris stuck in the implant site. While you may brush your teeth normally, avoid brushing the implant site for a few days. Use salt water to gently rinse your mouth after every meal.
7 Days After the Surgery
By now, your pain should be completely gone. You can start adding some more filling foods, such as pasta, but be sure to chew on the other side of the mouth.
If you still have pain or noticeable bleeding, then now is the time to get in touch with your dentist as something might be wrong with your implant.
Two Weeks After the Surgery
If things are progressing well, then at the two weeks mark you will likely have your first appointment with your dentist after the implant surgery. The dentist will check on the implant and make sure it's healing properly. The implant site may still feel a bit sore, but any pain or swelling should be gone by now.
From now on, you can resume your regular activities and wait for the osseointegration process to be completed.
Dental Implants in Long Beach
Are you interested in dental implants, but would like to learn more about the process to be able to make an informed decision? Come and visit us at Dodds Dental.
Book your appointment now online or by calling us at (562) 439-0754.