Dental implants are a popular and highly effective way to replace missing teeth. Whether you’re missing only one tooth or several, implants will help restore your appearance and keep your jawbone healthy. They’ll also help keep your other teeth in proper alignment.
Recovery after Implant Surgery
The dental implant procedure involves oral surgery, so you will receive recommendations from your implant dentist regarding aftercare. As a general rule, you should spend a day or two at home resting after your surgery. When you can return to work will depend at least partially on what kind of work you do. Talk to our implant dentists about the recommended amount of time you should rest.
You should also keep track of swelling and any signs you might be developing an infection. You can use ice packs to help reduce swelling, and gauze to control any bleeding. Some signs to watch out for include:
- Persistent or extreme bleeding
- Swelling that doesn’t go away
- Extreme discomfort
Your implant dentist will prescribe painkillers to help you stay comfortable immediately after surgery as well as antibiotics to reduce the likelihood of infection. Take any prescription medications exactly as instructed.
Ensuring Successful Healing
Successful healing after implant surgery is vital to the success of the implants. It’s very important, then, to follow all aftercare instructions. If you need to stay home from work for a few days, make these arrangements ahead of time. You should also avoid strenuous exercise. You’ll need to rinse your mouth carefully for the first few days, and won’t be able to brush until you’ve healed to some extent.
Other issues that can affect healing include:
- Gum disease
- Systemic health issues
If you have any issues like this, tell your implant dentist so proper precautions can be taken to help ensure a successful recovery. The recovery period is very important, as this is when your jawbone bonds to the implants so they will function as efficiently as your natural teeth.
Call our office today to schedule a consultation to discuss your implant options with our team!