Dental implant surgery is generally handled in stages starting with the removal of the damaged tooth and preparation of the area for implant placement. The process proceeds to dental implant placement and then finishes with the abutment and artificial tooth placement.
Following each stage of dental implant surgery, you can expect to feel some physical effects as your body heals. Once the entire procedure is finished, you’ll have a beautiful dental implant that will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Following each dental implant procedure, you’re likely to experience the following:
- Bruising on the skin and gums around the area
- Swelling at the implant site
- Some pain and minor bleeding
Your dental professional may prescribe some antibiotics to help prevent infection. Your dental professional may also prescribe minor pain medications to make the discomfort you feel following the surgery more manageable. Always follow the instructions provided to you by the implantologist and pharmacist to take your medications safely. If your pain gets worse instead of better, or if the bleeding increases, contact your implantologist as soon as possible to get help.
Your implantologist will likely use stitches that dissolve in your mouth, so they don’t need to be removed. However, if your dental professional uses stitches that don’t dissolve, you’ll need to return to have the stitches removed.
Eat Soft Foods
You’ll be instructed to eat soft foods following your implant surgery. This will give the site time to heal.
Keep Your Teeth Healthy
It’s important to maintain your teeth to help ensure that your dental implant will be a success. Even after the site has healed, you’ll want to keep your mouth healthy to help the implant lasts as long as possible. Some things you can do to keep your teeth healthy include:
- Brush your teeth twice daily. Have your dentist show you brushing best practices to ensure that you’re doing it right.
- Don’t smoke! Smoking can make the healing time take longer following the insertion of a dental implant. Smoking can also contribute to complications following surgery.
- Avoid chewing hard candies. Don’t use your dental implant to chew hard things.
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