What to expect after dental implant surgery
Have you recently decided to undergo the exciting dental implant surgery? Can you see the brighter future (and smile) but can’t seem to get past the tough questions? “Will it hurt” “How long will it take to recover” “How long should I take off work?”
Well relax, because it’s probably not as bad as you’re imagining and it all depends on how the surgery went, and how well you treat yourself after the procedure.
You will experience pain after the surgery, and there may be multiple surgeries you need to undertake, so be sure to ask your dentist how long your dental implants will take. But don’t worry; you’ll never have to leave Paddington Dentistry with holes in your mouth! We will always offer temporary solutions if you need to wait a few days.
After your surgery, you need time for your jaw to heal. Dental implants are not an easy procedure, and won’t be as quick as a normal check up, so you will experience pain from just having your mouth open for so long.
Depending on your case, you may be restricted to softer foods for a couple of days or longer. This is important to follow as harder food may irritate the implants. Give time for your dental implant to heal, and you don’t want to crunch down on an apple and break the implant straight away! Avoiding alcohol should also be followed during the healing period as it can affect the implants and can cause a lot of pain.
Smoking and chewing on tobacco must be avoided after the surgery; this causes infection in the mouth, as there is less saliva, which is a crucial part of healing. If you need assistance in this area, please speak to Paddington dentistry about the options to helping quit for those healing days.
For the first 24 hours we recommend washing your mouth with a warm saltwater solution, this will help clean out all the bacteria and fasten the healing process. After 24 hours, start to very gently brush your teeth with your toothbrush. Avoid mouthwash.
“Will it hurt afterwards?” You’ll feel a normal amount of tenderness in your gums and some pain in your teeth – but as the days go on this will pass. If you feel like the pain is increasing and you’re feeling quite uncomfortable, you may need to call back Paddington Dentistry for a check-up. You may also experience some swelling - this is normal, and a simple ice pack on the face can help get the swelling down. Also remember to drink lots of water, as this reduces the risk of infection and pain!
Here at Paddington dentistry, we would recommend taking the entire week off work before returning, this gives you time to full recover, and get used to your dental implants. (But of course this differs based on the surgery).
So don’t be afraid of the aftermath of the procedure, just focus on the change this will make to your smile.