Recovering after Your Dental Implant Procedure

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When it comes to teeth replacement, dental implants are currently the most popular option. These small threaded posts restore missing teeth roots and can support crowns, bridges, or dentures. Knowing what to expect after your dental implant procedure is essential for a successful recovery. Here, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers and our Atlanta, GA dental team share some pointers so you can heal comfortably and get back to normal life.

Want to know more about dental implants? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Rodgers by calling 404-577-6620.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

Dental implant placement is considered an oral surgery procedure. For this reason, patients can expect some degree of soreness or tenderness. Because each individual has varying dental needs, recovery can be different for each person. In most cases, however, our patients report minimal discomfort following their dental implant procedure.

Common Side Effects after Your Dental Implant Procedure

Like any surgery, there are a few temporary side effects that can occur after dental implant placement. These may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Soreness, tenderness, or discomfort
  • Feeling run-down or tired

Fortunately, by following a few guidelines, patients can minimize discomfort and enjoy a comfortable recovery. In the next section, we’ll discuss how to address these side effects.

The First Few Days

Immediately following your dental implant procedure at our Atlanta practice, you may notice that a small piece of gauze has been placed over the surgical site. This should be left in place for about 30 minutes before removing it. If bleeding persists, another gauze pack can be placed. If bleeding still continues after about one hour, moisten a tea bag, place it over the implant site, and gently close down. (The tannic acid in tea helps slow bleeding by actively shrinking blood vessels and capillaries.)

Swelling can be reduced with the application of a cold compress or ice pack. Place the compress on the external jaw and hold it in place for about 20 minutes, then remove it. Repeat this process a few times during the first 48 hours. Additionally, take ibuprofen, naproxen, or other over-the-counter anti-inflammatories to help reduce swelling. This will also help with any discomfort.

To further reduce the risk of discomfort, avoid strenuous exercise for at least two days. An elevated heart rate can lead to increased swelling, bleeding, and consequently – pain.

The best avenue to a speedy recovery? Take it easy, and get lots of rest. Most patients find they can return to their normal activities in about two to three days. 

How long do I have to wait to have the implant restored?

Though you will be comfortable within a few days, the bone around the implant will continue to heal for several weeks. The stability of your implant relies on a process known as osseointegration, in which the bone tissue fuses to the titanium post. Typically, it takes about three to four months for this to occur.

Once the implant has integrated, it can be restored. Our Atlanta team can talk with you about what type of restoration you require.

Schedule Your Dental Implant Procedure

You don’t have to live with the drawbacks of tooth loss. Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life. To learn more, schedule an appointment at our Atlanta, GA office. Contact us online anytime or give us a call at 404-577-6620.

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