Middle-aged man smiling after dental implant surgery Are you curious about what your life will be like once your dental implant surgery is finished? You may have heard a lot about dental implants, but if you’re like most, you’re probably wondering about what you can expect after your surgery. That’s why your dentist has included the answers to the five most frequently asked post-op questions about dental implants. Read on to satisfy your curiosity!

Can You Drive Home?

Typically, you will need anesthesia or some type of sedation for your dental implant surgery. If you were asleep during the procedure, it will take hours for your coordination, alertness, and vision to return to normal. That’s why your dentist recommends that you have a family member or friend drive you to and from the dental office!

Is Bleeding After Surgery Normal?

Some bleeding in the surgical site is completely normal during the first 48 to 72 hours. Your dentist will place gauze on the affected area, but this should be replaced with a new pad once it’s soaked. Spitting and rinsing aggravates bleeding, but if you continue to notice blood after the first 3 days, contact your dentist immediately.

When Can You Eat Something?

Once an hour has passed after surgery, you can remove the gauze and eat/drink something. During the first 24 hours, stick to an only liquid and extremely soft food diet. You should also avoid hot foods or drinks during the first few hours after surgery. Lastly, do not drink from a straw during the first 24 hours after surgery because it creates suction that can hurt the healing process.

Is Recovery Painful?

Because no two smiles are the same, the amount of discomfort you experience after surgery can vary, usually based on how extensive your surgery was. Your dentist will prescribe you pain medication, which will help ease discomfort. Once your surgery is over, it’s completely normal to feel slight soreness around the surgical site. You may also experience swelling, which can be managed with an icepack or cold compress. After 5 to 7 days, this soreness should be getting better and it will eventually disappear. If your discomfort seems to get worse, contact your dentist for possible treatment.

Will You Need a Follow-Up Appointment?

Usually, your dentist will schedule a follow up appointment around 3 weeks after your surgery. This visit is to ensure that your dental implants are healing properly, and they will also give you tips on maintaining your dental hygiene. After around 3 to 4 months, once your dental implants have fused to your jawbone, your dentist can place your restorations.

Now that you know more about what to expect after your implant surgery, you can have peace of mind when receiving the best tooth replacement available!

About the Practice

At Exceptional Smiles By: Gregory M. Solich, DDS, we have a team of 3 highly trained dentists who work together to offer the best treatments, including dental implants. Their extensive experience allows them to place and restore dental implants all under the same roof. If you have any questions, they can be reached through their website or by phone at (719) 548-9393.

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