Dental Implant Surgery Recovery
By Frank Avason, DMD on January 22, 2019
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. This treatment restores the functionality and appearance of your smile by replacing the missing tooth root with a titanium implant and replacing the visible portion of the tooth with a dental restoration.
During dental implant surgery recovery, which can last three to six months, instructions need to be carefully followed to improve your outcome.
At Avason Family Dentistry in Denver, NC, Dr. Frank Avason III will provide you with post-surgical instructions and answer any questions you have about the recovery timeline.
The Dental Implant Procedure
For your comfort, Dr. Avason will administer nitrous oxide, IV sedation, or oral sedation. During the procedure, he will create a small incision in the gums, place the titanium post in the jawbone, and then close the surgical site with sutures.
The metal implant posts are designed to fully integrate into your jawbone through a natural process called osseointegration. However, this process takes time, typically about three to six months. During this time, it is important to follow our aftercare instructions to ensure your procedure is a success.
The First Week or Two after Dental Implant Surgery
The crucial healing period last about two weeks after dental implant surgery. Here is what you can expect during that time.
Swelling and Discomfort
Some swelling and discomfort around the implant site should be expected in the days following surgery. You can apply an ice compress to the cheeks for the first 48 hours after surgery to reduce swelling and discomfort.
The exclusive use of soft food is recommended for the first few days after surgery. Patients should also avoid excessively hot or cold foods to prevent discomfort.
Take pain medication as needed. You may also be prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection; follow Dr. Avason’s instructions for use.
Be careful not to disturb the surgical site, especially during the first three days following the implant procedure. Special care must be taken when brushing your teeth during this early phase.
In general, slow down and rest for a day or two. We recommend that you abstain from strenuous activity for at least 48 hours.
Dr. Avason will provide specific post-operative guidelines so you can enjoy a successful, comfortable recovery.
Recovery during the Rest of the Osseointegration Period
There are several things that you can do for the remaining healing period to improve your surgical outcome:
- Practice good oral care
- Do not smoke
- Do not clench or grind your teeth; if you do, get a custom mouth guard
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants restore natural oral functions such as chewing while improving the appearance of your smile.
While teeth replacement options such as dentures are prone to slipping and gum irritation, dental implants hold your restoration in place.
Contact Our Practice
The staff at Avason Family Dentistry explain every aspect of dental implant surgery, from the initial consultation through the outpatient procedure and the recovery period. Along the way, your comfort and safety are our top priorities. To begin learning how dental implants can improve your quality of life, contact us online or call (704) 820-9797.
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