Dental Implant Surgery - What to Expect During Recovery
The biggest and most daunting part of the procedure can be having your dental implants surgically placed - it’s a procedure that involves exposure of the bone and installing multiple titanium implants, then waiting several months for the gums to heal and the posts to take root before you can trade in temporary dental bridges or dentures for permanent replacements. (For our all on four patients, there is no 4 month waiting period for your fixed denture, this is done at the time of surgery due to a principal of Rigid Fixation and Cross Arch Stabilization.)
But for all of the risk of surgery and aftercare, the outcome of beautiful, natural-looking teeth after your recovery can be extremely rewarding. With the proper care after surgery, the dental implant healing process can be quick and painless. At the Texas Denture Clinic in Fort Worth, guiding patients through dental implant surgery recovery can lead to more satisfied patients at the end of treatment.
What to Expect after Dental Implant Surgery
Just like any surgery, dental implants require a good deal of time to truly heal and recover. During this time, you may experience a number of recovery side effects as you heal. The important thing to remember during this time is that the recovery process is a relatively brief stop on the path to a perfect new smile. Some of the most common side effects of the dental implant surgery recovery stage are:
- Pain and Swelling: All surgery patients encounter pain and swelling in the days immediately following their surgery. Your dentist may recommend pain medication to ease these symptoms.
- Bleeding: You may experience some bleeding from the gums after surgery. This is normal in the first week after surgery, and can be mitigated with gauze.
How Long Does Dental Implant Surgery Recovery Take?
The recovery period after dental implant surgery varies greatly for everyone. There are also different parts to the recovery process. The most immediate part is the recovery of your gums as they heal from the surgery’s incisions, a process that can take a week or more (this is a time in which most dentists will advise you not to wear even temporary dentures to avoid gum irritation).
The second part of the healing process happens behind the scenes, and involves the grafting of your jawbone to the metal implant posts. This healing process is called osseointegration, and is necessary for secure and stable dental implants. Osseointegration can take several months to solidify, and your implant dentist will assess your progress before moving forward with the placement of permanent dentures.
- Practice Optimal Dental Hygiene: Any dentist will recommend good dental hygiene to keep your dental implants clean and free of plaque and debris that could irritate your gums and compromise the healing process.
- Avoid Smoking: It is likely that your dentist asked you to stop smoking for several weeks (if not months) before proceeding with surgery. This advice continues during the healing process. Smoking can create complications not only by irritating gums, but also by blocking a healthy supply of oxygen from reaching the gums and jaw to promote timely healing.
Contact Your Implant Dentistry Team Today
In the world of restorative dentistry, dental implants are a game changer. A dental team with years of experience in implant dentistry can offer the most effective and aesthetically pleasing results. At Texas Denture Clinic, Dr. Clark Damon and his team can offer that experience paired with quality patient care and state-of-the-art dental implant technology. To learn more about implant dentistry and your denture options, contact Texas Denture Clinic today.