When you are getting dental implants, a successful healing process is essential to the longevity of the devices. This involves both the early healing period immediately after the surgery, as well as the osseointegration process, in which the implant fuses with the bone over the course of several months.
In many ways, the recovery following surgery for dental implants is similar to that of other oral surgery procedures.
Before the scheduled date of the dental implant placement procedure, your oral surgeon should review a list of post-operative instructions with you. The basics are as follows:
- Keep an eye out for ongoing bleeding (more than 24 hours after surgery) or especially heavy bleeding. This is a sign that you need to get back in to see your oral surgeon – stat! Also be aware of the signs of infection, such as a fever, continued pain at the surgical site, or pus. You should bring these symptoms to the attention of your oral surgeon as soon as possible.
- Patients need to adjust their diets for the first few days after the surgery, limiting themselves to softer foods for both comfort and to limit the chances of complications during healing.
- Smokers must abstain from the habit while they are healing from the surgery. Smoking causes inflammation in the tissue and can compromise circulation, which can interfere with the implant’s ability to bond with the bone.
The discomfort associated with dental implant placement is minimally disruptive to most patients’ routines and often can be treated with over-the-counter medications. An oral surgeon can prescribe stronger painkillers when necessary.
Get the most out of your dental implants by doing what you can to improve your chances of a positive healing process. Follow your oral surgeon’s instructions, and steer clear of habits that can interfere with your healing. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our team of experienced oral surgeons today.