What To Expect After Dental Implant Surgery

So you’ve decided to get dental implants. You’re looking forward to having a full smile and being able to eat anything you want.  But you’re not looking forward to the surgery part of getting your new teeth; it makes you a little bit nervous because you just don’t know what to expect as part of the dental implant healing time. Getting implants is typically a low risk procedure.  Recovery is usually easy and you should able to go about your regular daily routines.

Dental Surgery Recovery

Recovery after dental implants may happen in a few different forms. No matter which way you and your dentist decide to go, there are a few things you can expect:

  • Swollen gums and jaw
  • Tenderness and possible bruising of skin and gums
  • Mild bleeding
  • Pain at the incision/implant.

Rest and Eat Well

Immediately after your dental implant surgery, the best plan is to go home and rest. Even if you didn’t have anesthesia, you’ll still feel tired and sore; sleep is the best cure in most cases. You may want to hold a wrapped ice pack on your face above the affected area for 20 minutes or so while you get comfortable on the couch or in your bed. When it’s time to eat, go for soft smooth foods that don’t require chewing: smoothies, mashed potatoes, yogurt, jello, and ice cream.  If you have a temporary denture over the area, make sure you clean it well, but don’t be too aggressive! Bone grafts can take up to 6 months to heal, but once the titanium or zirconia implant root has been implanted, the healing is usually swift.  In just a few short weeks, you’ll be ready to have your new teeth affixed to the implants. Some implants are restored the very same day. Our dental implant expert will make your smile look and feel so natural, you might forget that it’s implants! Schedule your free dental consultation today!