Even though it does require oral surgery, necessitating the consideration of a recovery process, dental implants are the most natural looking and durable way of replacing missing teeth. So, when you visit our office, we will let you know what to expect from the implant procedure, and provide you all the pertinent information concerning dental implant post-op care.
Below is more of what you should know, in the meantime:
What happens prior to the implant procedure?
It is of vital importance that a patient is in good oral health before starting this process, so an exam will be conducted to determine whether there is any gum disease present, or any infections or cavities in your teeth.
Determining if there is sufficient density of bone for proper dental implant support, is also what this initial exam will determine. If the density is insufficient, we will need to start a bone grafting procedure.
What can possibly slow down the process of recovery?
It can be more difficult to recover from dental implant procedures, if you are a diabetic who can’t control your blood sugar levels. In order to ensure the best possible outcome of your implant surgery, it will be of vital importance that you let us know of any recent diabetic episodes.
How should I best prepare for implant oral surgery?
The first thing you do is plan on taking a couple of days off work, and then stockpile some soft foods, and soft ice packs. These, along with some ibuprofen, should help the potential swelling of your gums, and the soreness that will be present for a couple of days.
If you still have to work, these things should help, especially if you can be limited to light duty, work at home for a couple of days.
What will I be able to eat afterwards?
You should have plenty of soft foods, such as fruit for smoothies, warm temperature soups, ice cream, soft cheeses, and yogurt that are not too cold or hot, are what we would recommend. This selection will not irritate your gums, but should provide you with the needed nutrition.
You should avoid eating anything that is sharp, difficult to chew, or hard for several days, but you can start to add some of your regular foods back into your diet. Eating an omelet, instead of waffles, for example, or a hamburger without bacon during your recovery period. Without exposing your gums to something that might be harmful, you can make these simple adjustments in order to get the nourishment your body needs.
What post-op treatment and care will be needed?
You will naturally experience some post-op bleeding, and we will make sure that it is at a manageable level before you leave our office, as well as provide enough gauze to get you through until the bleeding stops.
We will also provide a medicated rinse to help you keep your gums clean, otherwise, warm salt water will be a suitable rinse for each day. You should also be careful not to irritate the surgical area as you keep up with the daily brushing of your other teeth.
How long til I’m able to go back to work?
That would largely depend on the individual’s resilience. We tell our patients that it normally takes three to five days for the swelling to go down. So, we recommend having the dental implant procedure toward the end of the week, on a Thursday or Friday, so the recovery period can be over a long weekend.
Following these guidelines you would only miss a day or two of work, but if you choose to go back sooner, you should probably stick to a light work schedule that doesn’t require exertion or a lot of client interactions.
Will I show obvious signs of implant surgery?
Your face will definitely be swollen for the first couple of days, so yes, it will be obvious, even though no one will be able to tell what kind of oral surgery you have had.
While there will probably be some inconvenience for a few days, please don’t worry though, because all of this is completely normal, and the end result of a durable replacement tooth, will be natural looking, and well worth it.
We also provide our implant surgery patients with a temporary denture so that their smile will remain as natural as possible until the permanent attachment of the crown. A temporary denture is a must, if a discreet solution is your desire.
When the permanent crown is attached, is there a recovery process?
In all actuality, it is a non-issue, since the only invasive portion of a new dental implant is the surgery to place the titanium post. There may be a slight gum sensitivity, but there will be no extensive recovery process or swelling associated with this stage of the procedure, and simple ibuprofen should easily control it.
Your jawbone will supply a sturdy base of support for your replacement tooth, once the titanium implant and your jawbone have successfully fused. There is only one recovery stage for a dental implant, and it will essentially be as strong as your natural tooth.
Please give us a call, and we will be more than happy to answer all your questions concerning dental implant post-op care.