Have you recently gone through a dental implant procedure or are you interested in dental implants? Dental implants are one of the most popular procedures when it comes to replacing lost teeth or stabilizing an existing tooth.
The dental implant procedure typically lasts a couple of hours and goes through two or three stages during the procedure. The time it will take you to recover from the procedure varies and depends on how fast you heal and how quickly the teeth take to integrate fully into your mouth.
Here are some things you should know about the recovery process of a dental implant procedure.
General Recovery Time of Dental Implants
It can take you up to five to seven days for your symptoms to go away after your dental implant surgery. This can vary between patients because of factors like:
- The number of implants you have
- If your procedure required a bone graft
- Whether your jawbone is healthy enough for the implants
In the First Hour After Surgery, You Should Expect…
The use of gauze pads placed over the surgical site to soak up any bleeding. You need to bite down on the gauze gently but firmly for the first hour after surgery is complete. This will help you stem the bleeding in your mouth. You should change the gauze after every 35 to 45 minutes until the bleeding stops.
After your dental implant surgery, you should take bed rest for the rest of the day. Avoid any lifting, bending or other exercises as these can cause bleeding, swelling and pain. Be careful when sitting or getting up from a lying position as it can cause lightheadedness. Exercise should be avoided in general three to four days after your implant surgery.
When it comes to eating solid foods, you should avoid anything that is hard until the area is completely healed. You need to avoid anything coming into direct contact with your implant for as long as you possibly can so it can heal. You should focus on only eating soft foods and only chew on the side of the mouth that did not undergo surgery. These foods can include:
- Healthy juice
In addition to avoiding hard foods like nuts, apples, or chips, you should also avoid foods that are acidic, such as limes, tomatoes, or lemons.
Your dental surgeon will probably give you a prescription for pain medication to address any discomfort. If you follow the tips found in this article, you will be well on your way to a full dental implant recovery and be able to enjoy your new dental implants to the fullest in no time. For any further questions, book your appointment with Strathroy Family Dental to speak with our dentist!