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After Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants offer those who have experienced tooth loss a way to restore their oral health through a healing process known as osseointegration. If you have just received a dental implant, then congratulations! You are one step closer to a healthy and beautiful smile. You may also be wondering about the recovery process. While, there is no doubt that you have received a list of post-operative instructions for our team at Rockwall Oral Surgery, here is a quick review of what to expect.

After Dental Implant Surgery


Stop the Bleeding

: For the first hour after surgery, you will be asked to bite down firmly on a gauze pad that has been placed over the surgical site. Usually, you should be able to remove the gauze after the first hour. If active bleeding persists, place a new pad on the site for another 30 minutes, and intermittently until the bleeding stops. For the rest of the day, do not disturb the surgical site. Be sure to rest at home and restrict your physical activities. The effects of sedation will subside in the hours following surgery.


Clean the Area

: Keeping your mouth clean is another important part of recovery. The first night, you should brush your teeth gently around the surgical site. Soreness and swelling will not permit vigorous brushing. Saltwater rinsing may begin 24 hours after surgery to reduce bleeding and keep the site clean. Use ¼ teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water. It should take about five minutes to use the entire glass full. Maintaining a clean environment will aid in a speedy recovery.


No Tobacco Products

: We strongly discourage smoking and tobacco use during the healing process.


Take your Medication

: The first few days after surgery are the most uncomfortable. Unfortunately, most oral surgery comes with some degree of pain. Dr. Kevin Pollock will prescribe pain medication that should be taken with a small amount of food each time. Be sure to take the first pill before the anesthetic has worn off to help you avoid initial discomfort.


What to Eat

: After the first few days, your recovery will become much easier. Depending on your particular situation, your implants may be “loaded” with a temporary restoration immediately after placement. A temporary restoration is made from a soft material that allows you to maintain chewing function while shielding the implant from the pressures of your bite. Despite your temporary, you may be asked to stick to a soft foods diet for the first few weeks.


The Healing Process

: Over the next several months, the implant and your jawbone will undergo osseointegration. During this process, the implant and your bone will fuse together to create the powerful bond that mimics the relationship between a tooth and your jaw. A final restoration cannot be placed until osseointegration is complete.

After We Place Your Final Restoration

Once the final restoration is in place, you will be able to experience all the wonderful benefits of dental implants. Most implant-supported restorations can be treated like your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and professional checkups. You will be able to eat, speak, and smile with a new sense of confidence and comfort!

Dental Implants are Biocompatible

Here at Rockwall Oral Surgery in Rockwall we understand what people go through when they lose teeth, which is why we are so passionate about educating all of our patients on their oral health. When you understand what affects your mouth an how, you are better equipped to prevent bad things from happening, and you are more able to make informed decisions that can help increase your overall oral health. We feel that if you have experienced tooth loss, you should seriously consider dental implants as a permanent replacement solution.

There a few important things to know about dental implants and why they are such a successful way to permanently replace missing teeth. Firstly, a dental implant is made up of three distinct parts – the titanium implant post, the implant abutment, and the implant restorations which can be a crown, bridge, or a full arch of prosthetic teeth. The first part that is placed in the mouth is also the most critical part, which is the titanium implant post. The implant post is made of titanium because titanium is a biocompatible material. When we say something is biocompatible, that means that the human body does not try to reject it. Instead, it will grow around it. Because titanium is biocompatible, it is the most commonly used implant material for medical and dental applications. Titanium is also long-lasting, durable, doesn’t corrode, and is time-tested in pulling its weight as an implant material.

How Osseointegration Works for Dental Implants

The first part of the implant placement process is making an incision in the gum line in the area where the dental implant posts will be placed. We will access the bone in your jaw, and prepare the bone to receive the titanium implant post with a special drill. Once your jaw bone has been prepared, we will place the implant post into your jaw bone. The titanium implant post has a base that closely resembles a screw. We will suture the gums around the implant and allow some time for it to heal. The healing process that we are waiting for is osseointegration.

Osseointegration describes the process of the bone mending around the dental implant post. Once osseointegration has taken place, we will be able to place the implant abutment and the restoration on the implant post, and it can be used in the same way that a natural tooth is used – to help you eat and speak normally. When you lose a tooth, the bone in your jaw loses the critical feedback that it needs to stay healthy. Without this feedback, the bone in your jaw can lose density and mass, which frequently results in further toothloss. Osseointegration with a dental implant restores critical feedback to the bone in your jaw keeping it healthy and strong, preventing further tooth loss.

Questions About Dental Implants?

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about dental implants, please call (469)757-4433.

Rockwall Oral Surgery


960 West Ralph Hall Parkway
Rockwall , TX 75032
Tel: (469)757-4433
Fax: (469) 769-4500

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