Dental Implant Surgery After-Care
The process of getting dental implants includes multiple steps. However, the fact that it gives you the most natural-looking and feeling alternative to your natural teeth and is a long-lasting solution to missing teeth makes the treatment well worth the time and effort.
The first step of a dental implant includes a surgical procedure to place the titanium implant into the jaw bone. Once the implant is placed, it needs time to fuse to the bone, a process called “osseointegration”. The length of time this takes can vary, but it can typically take 6 to 9 months for the area to fully heal.
Caring For Your Implant After Surgery
It’s typical, as with any surgery, to experience swelling and discomfort in the first two days following the procedure. After a few days, however, you should begin to feel a gradual improvement while the jaw bone slowly shapes and adapts to the implant.
Depending on each patient’s oral condition, the healing process can vary. Factors such as the number of teeth extracted and implanted, whether there was bone grafting done, as well as lifestyle choices, affect the surgery and the healing time play a part in the healing.
During this period, it’s very important to follow the guidelines of your doctor so as not to compromise the implant, such as:
- Avoiding foods and drinks that are too cold, hot, chewy, tough or spicy
- Avoiding activities that increase nasal or oral pressure, such as bearing down your head when lifting heavy objects. This includes blowing your nose or holding your nose while sneezing. Make sure to sneeze with your mouth open.
- Avoid drinking liquids through a straw so as not to create a vacuum in your mouth.
- Avoid smoking
- To avoid tearing, don’t pull or stretch your lips or mouth to look at the area
- Take all prescribed antibiotics, anti-swelling medication, and painkillers, if needed
- To reduce the risk of infection, keep your mouth clean after surgery using salt water rinses for the day after the procedure or a prescribed antibiotic rinse, if necessary.
- Avoid brushing your teeth near the area of the surgery for 24 hours
- Don’t use dentures or other dental appliances immediately after surgery
By following these simple instructions, you will be on your way to healing and setting optimal conditions for a successful implant treatment. For more information or questions about dental implants in Lewisville, please call our office, and we will be happy to schedule an appointment with you.