The best, most reliable way to permanently replace missing teeth is with Summerfield, FL dental implants. But what can you expect from the surgery and during your recovery? First, an implant post is anchored into the bone, just alongside any other natural teeth. The implant then needs about three months to completely integrate with and fuse to the bone tissue before your permanent replacement “tooth” is attached on top of it.
Because of advances in dental technology and Dr. Price’s experience, you may be pleasantly surprised that your recovery process can be relatively pain free. Let’s break down what you should expect in the days and weeks following your implant placement.
Your First 24 Hours Post-Surgery
In most cases, in-house sedation or general anesthesia is used during your procedure to allow you to sleep comfortably. You should expect to feel very tired for the remainder of that day and resting as much as you can is very important. You may notice a small amount of bleeding near the surgical sight, which is normal. Dr. Price will most likely place gauze in the area, which can be removed a couple hours after surgery. Similar to the instructions following a tooth extraction, soft foods are advised and avoid drinking through a straw. You may experience slight pain once the anesthesia wears off. This can typically be managed with anti-inflammatory pain medication such as ibuprofen.
Your First Few Days
Mild swelling and bruising of the face is very common in the days following dental implant surgery. Applying an ice pack to that side of your face will help alleviate any inflammation. Soft foods are still recommended for a few more days, as well as avoiding drinking through a straw. Also, limit your physical activity as much as possible to prevent increased blood pressure and increased blood flow to the surgical site.
10-14 Days After Your Surgery
Within a week following your dental implant placement, you should be able to eat most all foods, swelling and bruising has nearly disappeared and low impact exercises can be done.
You may also have a post op visit with Dr. Price to remove any sutures placed, although dissolvable sutures are often used.
After two weeks, you should be feeling back to normal and enjoying the foods you love. Your implant is fusing to your bone and gum tissue has completely healed. Once they’re fully integrated, you’ll return to First Choice Dentistry to have your fixed restoration attached into place. Call our Summerfield, FL implant dentist for more information.