Healing After Dental Implants: What to Expect
Whether you already have the dental implant procedure done or are considering getting one, you probably have a few questions about it.
Before we dive into more details about dental implants, let us first assure you that implants look and feel very natural. They will help you regain your confidence in your smile and prevent other dental problems, such as bone loss, misalignments, and so on.
Of course, you can expect to feel some discomfort in the first few days after getting the implant, but that's perfectly normal. In fact, let us tell you what you can expect during the healing process.
How Long Will The Healing Period Last?
The healing period after the initial implant surgery lasts between one and two weeks. That doesn't mean that you are ready for the crown after the surgery site has healed. The implant needs more time to fuse with the bone tissue. It can take between three and six months for the osseointegration process to be completed. Only after that can the dentist proceed with the rest of the implant and attach the abutment and then the dental crown.
What Can You Expect During the Recovery Period
Knowing what to expect after getting an implant is vital. This way, you can tell what's normal and when to get in touch with your dentist and inform them about a potential problem.
- Bleeding - The dentist will place a gauze after the surgery to absorb some of the blood. You will have to gently bite on this gauze for about two hours. You may still notice a bit of blood 24 to 48 hours after the surgery, but the quantity should diminish in time. If it doesn't, that's a sign that it needs immediate attention, and you need to contact your dentist.
- Pain - It's normal to experience pain and discomfort for two or three days after the implant surgery. Your dentist will prescribe OTC pain medication to help you manage it. Contact your dentist if the pain doesn't go away after three days or so or if it intensifies.
- Swelling - Your face will probably get a bit swollen after the implant surgery which is completely normal, and it should go away in a couple of days.
How to Speed Up Your Recovery
The best way you can speed up your recovery after a dental implant is by following your dentist's instructions properly.
- Rest and allow your body to recover.
- Don't do any strenuous physical activities. In fact, it's best to take it easy and just rest for a couple of days.
- Eat soft foods for about a week.
- Don't eat on the surgery side.
- Take care of your oral health, but avoid brushing the implant site for a few days. You can rinse with salt water to clean the extraction site.
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