Post-Op Dental Implant Instructions

Dental implants are becoming the most popular way to replace a missing tooth. As a result, the procedure has become incredibly routine. Still, there will be a recovery period, and we’ve got some tips that will help you ensure your healing goes smoothly.

Procedure Overview

Before we get into our post-op tips, let’s quickly go over the procedure. The dental implant is a titanium post that will be inserted into the jawbone. You’ll be under anesthesia during the procedure, so you will be comfortable while the surgery takes place. Once the implant is inserted, it will, over a period of time and healing, fuse with the jaw bone. When the area has fully healed, you’ll head back into the dentist to have the replacement tooth attached.

woman with ice pack on her jaw after oral surgery

Post-op Care

After the implant is put in place, you will likely feel some initial pain and swelling in the affected area. Avoid contact with it as much as you can, sticking to soft foods and taking care to chew using areas of your mouth that weren’t affected by the surgery. Some minimal bleeding is to be expected. Dampen some gauze and gently bite down on it for half-an-hour in order to quell the bleeding. Additionally, an ice pack or over-the-counter pain relief method may be used to reduce any pain or swelling that comes in the wake of surgery

Long-Term Care

If you treat your implants well, they can last for decades, even a lifetime. Luckily there’s not much to it–care for your implants as you already do your natural teeth. That means brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist for your biannual cleaning and exam.

Dental Implants at McNeely Family Dentistry

Ready for a solution to missing teeth that’ll last? Not only are implants durable, but they are comfortable and natural. They look great, and won’t affect your ability to speak or eat. Give us a call to get started with a consultation.

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