After Implant Placement
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 Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists, here is a quick review of what to expect.
First Hours and Days After Placement
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. 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. We strongly discourage smoking and tobacco use during the healing process.
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.
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.
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!
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about dental implants, please call (469) 757-4433.
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