After the loss of a tooth, many people feel self-conscious while they smile or when they talk. A dental implant offers a permanent solution for replacing a missing tooth. Furthermore, dental implants are used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Many individuals are candidates for the All-on-4 dental implant procedure. With this revolutionary procedure, an entire arch of missing teeth is replaced using just four dental implants. Many people wonder what they can expect as they recover from dental implant surgery, read on to learn more about the recovery process.
What to Expect While Recovering from Dental Implant Surgery
While placing dental implants, the surgeon uses local anesthesia. This local anesthesia continues working for some time; nonetheless, patients should expect to experience pain once it wears off. This pain is bearable and can usually be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medications. Typically, this pain subsides within five to seven days of surgery.
External and internal bruising on the cheeks following dental implant surgery is possible. In addition, inflammation around the incision site following any surgical procedure is common. Although this swelling is usually short-lived, patients can use ice to reduce the inflammation. Wrap the ice pack in a towel and gently place it on the inflamed area of the face. This ice pack can stay in place for 20 minutes. Remove it for 20 minutes and, if desired, reapply the ice for another 20 minutes. This pattern can be followed for the first 24 hours after surgery.
Serious complications are rare; nonetheless, should one occur seeking treatment right away is vital. For example, if an infection develops, it must be properly treated as soon as possible otherwise; the infection may enter the bloodstream and spread to another part of the body.
The Osseointegration Process Takes Four to Six Months
While the initial recovery only takes about a week, the long-term, pain-free osseointegration process takes from four to six months. During this process, the dental implants and jawbone essentially become one.
How to Assist with the Osseointegration Process
Complete osseointegration between the jawbone and the implant are necessary otherwise; the stability of the implant is negatively affected.
There are things that the patient can do to assist with this osseointegration:
- Avoid putting needless pressure on the surgical sites.
- Patients with temporary crowns should gently brush before bed, even on the day of their implant surgery, which helps prevent infection and soothe inflammation
- Once the patient reaches the 24-hour post-op mark, he or she can gently rinse with warm (i.e., 110 degrees Fahrenheit) salt-water. Just mix one cup of warm water with a teaspoon of salt and gently rinse it around in the mouth for 15 seconds, and spit it out. Rinsing with warm salt-water three or four times a day (especially following meals) helps prevent infection by making it challenging for any bacteria spores present in the mouth to breed.
To learn more about dental implant surgery, contact Sarasota Implant today at 941-256-2488.