What to Expect During Your Dental Implant Recovery
The recovery that follows dental implant surgery is integral to the success of your treatment. During this three to six month period, the implants must osseointegrate with the jawbone and the surrounding soft tissue must heal from surgery. If not, patients may not be able to receive their final restorations.
To set the stage for the best success possible during your dental implant recovery, you will need to make several adjustments to your daily routine during the first few days and weeks after surgery. Among the most important of these are your diet, smoking habits, and activity levels. At Colorado Premier Dental, patients can rest assured that Dr. Brian Polidori and his team will help you prepare for a successful recovery by providing extensive information beforehand and answering any questions you may have.
How Long is Recovery?
Typically, patients can expect their dental implants to take about three to six months to fully heal. While this may seem like a long recovery for a dental procedure, it is essential that the implant posts fully fuse with the jawbone. Known as osseointegration, this process is essential to creating a foundation for a stable restoration and durability.
Common Side Effects
During recovery, it is common for patients to experience:
- Discomfort and bruising of the gums for a few days
- Bleeding for 48 to 72 hours
- Swelling for three to four days
While you can typically manage any pain or discomfort with over-the-counter medication, cold compresses against the face can also minimize symptoms. If excessive bleeding or oozing continues after a few days, call us immediately to ensure there are no complications.
To prevent infection, irritation of the gums, or interference with the incision sites, we usually suggest patients temporarily make a few adjustments to their diet, including:
- Consuming primarily soft foods
- Avoiding biting or chewing near the treatment area
- Avoiding spicy foods
- Consuming foods and beverages at room temperature
You should be able to resume your normal diet once your mouth has had a week or so to heal.
We typically recommend that patients wait about 24 hours before brushing their teeth. Afterward, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush if you are not already doing so. It is important to apply only light pressure while brushing. A warm salt water rinse can also soothe and disinfect the surgical site.
Patients can rest assured that we will help you prepare for a successful recovery.
After surgery, you should rest for the remainder of the day, with only light, limited movement. Patients should avoid strenuous activities such as exercise or lifting for at least three or four days following surgery, as they can trigger excessive bleeding, swelling, or pain.
Habits That Undermine Healing
Both smoking and alcohol consumption can significantly threaten your recovery. Because smoking in particular has been proven to impact the success of dental implant recovery, we highly recommend patients avoid it until their implants have fully healed. Similarly, drinking alcohol can also affect the healing rate and overall success of your implants.
Safe Implant Care
The staff at Colorado Premier Dental is dedicated to providing safe, successful dental implant care. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your recovery, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at (303) 935-3645.