Following dental implant surgery, it will take about four to six months to fully heal. Knowing what to expect during your dental implant recovery, and following certain guidelines in the days and weeks immediately following the procedure, can ensure your safety and comfort. At Guaranteed Dental Solutions in Phoenix, AZ, we are dedicated to preserving our patients' oral health and providing the best outcomes for every procedure. Dr. Ehsan Pourshirazi and our team will provide you with detailed instructions regarding precautions you should take and when you should contact us with concerns.
Immediately after Surgery
For the first hour after your dental implant procedure, you will need to continuously bite down on gauze that has been placed over the treatment area. Exerting a slight but consistent pressure will help to control bleeding. If you need to replace the gauze Dr. Pourshirazi has provided, it should be moistened and replaced every 30 to 45 minutes until the bleeding stops. Depending on the type of sedation you received, you may also need a loved one to drive you home.
The First Few Days
It is normal to experience some discomfort for a few days following surgery, including:
- Sore throat
- Dry lips
- Stiff jaw muscles
Ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication can be used to help provide relief. Typically, patients can return to work within two to three days.
When to Notify Your Doctor
There are several signs that you may be experiencing a complication, such as infection. Watch for:
- Persistent bleeding for more than 48 hours
- Severe swelling
- Worsening fever after 24 hours
- Excessive pain that cannot be controlled by medication
In the case of any of these symptoms, you should notify us as soon as possible.
During the initial recovery period, there are some precautions that should be taken to promote proper healing, such as:
It is important to ensure that you are well nourished after your procedure. However, there are certain dietary guidelines that you should follow to protect the surgical site. We often recommend that patients maintain a soft food diet for a few days. You should also avoid using a straw (which can dislodge blood clots) or eating foods such as popcorn or strawberries, which contain small seeds.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
You can maintain your oral hygiene routine, however, it is crucial that you are cautious when brushing near your dental implants. You can also use salt water rinses a few times throughout the day to help keep the area free of debris. Once your implants have healed, though, you can maintain them with a normal brushing and flossing routine.
Typically, dental implant patients can return to work within two to three days.
You should focus on resting and minimize strenuous activities for the first few days. You can typically resume moderate exercise about four days after your procedure. We highly recommend that you also avoid smoking during the entire healing period. Smoking can significantly increase your risk of complications.
Your Health Is Our Priority
If you have questions or concerns about dental implants or the recovery process, contact us online or call (480) 477-3090. The knowledgeable team at Guaranteed Dental Solutions is dedicated to providing you with the support and high-quality implant care you need to restore your oral health.