Dental Implant Recovery
If you have decided to restore your smile with dental implants, it's important to understand what to expect during dental implant recovery. You are probably wondering: How much downtime will I need? What can I eat? What can I do at home to make certain that I heal properly? Dr. Robert F. Berger in Columbia, SC, explains everything you need to know in order to have a successful recovery.
Immediately after Dental Implant Surgery
You will need to keep gentle pressure on the surgical site by biting down on a piece of gauze. After an hour, you can begin changing the gauze every 30 to 45 minutes. This can usually stop after the first day of recovery.
Dr. Berger will prescribe pain medications for you to take at home. You can also apply an ice pack to the outside of your jaw to further control any discomfort.
In general, dental implant patients can expect to be able to return to non-strenuous work after two to three days.
You can expect to experience some post-treatment swelling and bleeding for five to seven days after your procedure. You may also experience dry mouth, sore throat, and stiff jaw muscles.
Until the incisions have healed, you should limit your diet to soft, cool foods such as yogurt, pasta, eggs, and soup. Try and avoid having your food contact the treatment site.
As the days go by, the discomfort, sensitivity, and swelling will subside. Contact the office right away if you experience side effects such as a fever, which could indicate an infection. In general, dental implant patients can expect to be able to return to non-strenuous work after two to three days.
As you heal, it is as important as ever to maintain your oral hygiene, but you must take special care near the surgical site. Brush slowly and carefully near the incisions. Twenty-four hours after your surgery, you should begin rinsing your mouth with a saltwater solution after every meal. Just mix a tablespoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water. Gently swish it inside your mouth, then let the water fall into the sink - do not forcefully spit.