Recovering From Dental Implant Surgery

Are you having dental implant surgery? Then, you have questions about the procedure and your recovery. Dr. Suhair Shamoon at Dentistry With a Smile, LLC in Fall River, MA guides many patients through dental implant surgery and the post-operative period.

What happens during implant surgery?

Whether you receive one or multiple implants, your Fall River dentist places the screw-like implant or implants into the jaw. Over the next few months, the bone adheres to the implant through osseointegration. Once fully healed, the implants receive their crowns or dentures as your treatment plan dictates.

Your post-operative period

Recovering from dental implant surgery progresses quickly. Because you will have an anesthetic in one form or another, you'll need a responsible adult to drive you home, and you should refrain from anything strenuous for at least 24 hours.

You will bite on a gauze 4x4 pad for at least an hour to stop the minor bleeding. Elevate your head at night to discourage heavy bleeding from the site. In the unlikely event this occurs, contact your dentist right away.

During the first few days, expect some soreness at the operative site. Ibuprofen should take care of this mild pain, and if your jaw or gums feel swollen, apply ice as needed--20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Additionally, if your dentist prescribes an antibiotic, take it as directed with food to avoid any stomach upset.

Regarding your diet, consume soft foods only for a day or two. Mashed potatoes, smoothies, yogurt, soups, stews, and macaroni and cheese are favorites of most surgical patients. Be sure your foods and beverages are not too hot.

Perform your usual careful hygiene routines, but do not brush your implant site for at least 48 hours. Do not smoke as tobacco sets the stage for infection. Smoking is one of the leading causes of dental implant failure, maintains the Journal of Dental Implants.

The wonder of dental implants

You'll love your new smile. So, get ready for a straightforward in-office procedure, a good recovery and excellent oral function. For more information on dental implants and your post-op period, please contact your dentist Dr. Suhair Shamoon at Dentistry With a Smile, LLC in Fall River, MA. Dr. Shamoon and her caring team look forward to serving you. Call (508) 672-6471 today.