The Side Effects of Oral Surgery for Placing Dental Implants

By Dr. Damon on April 15, 2015

An older man smiling in his living roomHere at Texas Denture Clinic, we've helped patients in and around the Fort Worth area have beautiful restored smiles thanks to implant dentistry. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into a patient's jawbone and gum tissue. When in place and allowed to fuse with the living tissues of the mouth, the dental implants function just like regular tooth roots would.

Dental implants can be used to fix a full denture or partial denture in place with excellent stability. In addition, problems with gum recession and bone loss will not occur thanks to the dental implants being in place. Let's consider the side effects of the oral surgery so you have a realistic picture of the implant dentistry process.

Soreness and Discomfort Early On

After undergoing oral surgery, soreness and discomfort along the dental ridge are common. This makes sense since the implant posts are anchored directly into the jawbone and the gum tissue. Recommended pain relievers and prescription medications should be taken as directed in order to minimize discomfort. Patients will notice a decrease in pain after the first week or so.

Minor Bleeding in the Mouth

In the first day or two after oral surgery, it's not uncommon for there to be a little bleeding in the mouth. This is not a cause of major concern, and the bleeding can be managed by gently placing a gauze pad on the bleeding for roughly 30 minutes. Patients should be concerned if they notice significant and persistent bleeding in the mouth, or any sort of bleeding that occurs after the second day or so of healing.

Swelling and Discoloration Around the Gumline

Swelling is a common side effect of all surgeries, and oral surgery for dental implants is no exception. The swelling tends to be around the cheek area and possibly the lip area. A cold compress can be applied to the cheek and chin area as needed and as directed. The significant swelling should go down by the end of the second day, and continue to diminish as the days continue.

Bruising and discoloration of the gumline will also occur, but that is also normal. Expect these issues to subside after a few days to a week or so.

Sensitivity and Sensations of Tenderness in the Mouth

After your dental implants surgery, you will notice that your gums will feel tender and sensitive. This will persist for roughly two weeks, though you will notice the sensitivity and tenderness become more tolerable as you recover in the days after surgery.

Adapt Your Diet to the Side Effects

As you are recovering from oral surgery for the placement of dental implants, you can reduce discomfort and other side effects by making sure you eat and drink the proper things.

Be sure to stay on a diet of soft foods early on. You will want to eat and drink things that are of room temperature in order to prevent pain and sensitivity. It's also a good idea to avoid spicy foods and foods with crumbs to avoid irritation.

Avoiding Drinking Straws and Tobacco Products

Drinking straws will change the pressure within your mouth, and can cause sutures to come undone and lead to bleeding of the surgical incision sites. Avoid using a drinking straw until advised otherwise.

Smoking and the use of any tobacco products can slow down the healing process and can make gum disease more likely, so it's of the utmost importance that you refrain from these bad habits to ensure good health.

Learn More About Implant Dentistry at Texas Denture Clinic

For more information about dental implants and how they can be used to support a denture, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. The entire team here at Texas Denture Clinic looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve excellent dental health and wellness.

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