Recovering after Dental Implant Surgery
Dr. Conrad C. Casler Jr. in Tulsa, OK, can help you experience a successful dental implant recovery through patient education and specific instructions regarding diet, pain management, physical activity, and more. Knowing what to expect during recovery is crucial to experiencing the maximum benefits of dental implants, and we invite you to learn more about this phase of treatment.
How Long Does Recovery Take?
Typically, it takes between three and six months for dental implants to fully integrate with the jaw. Once the dental implants have fused with the jawbone, you will be provided with your finalized crown, denture, or bridge.
Immediately after Surgery
Immediately following surgery, you should plan to have a family member or friend drive you home from your appointment.
Promoting Proper Healing
After your surgery, there are several ways you can start the healing process on the right foot, including:
- About an hour after the procedure, you can remove the gauze packs placed by Dr. Casler. However, if bleeding persists, bite down on fresh, moistened gauze, applying pressure to the treatment area in 30-minute increments. Sitting upright can help minimize bleeding as well. Stopping the bleeding will help create a blood clot. Bleeding should stop after about 48 hours.
- Ice Packs
- Placing ice packs on one or both cheeks can help minimize swelling. For the first 24 hours after the procedure, it recommended that you regularly apply ice packs in 20-minute increments.
- Brush Your Teeth
- To help prevent infection, it is important to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine. However, you should be especially careful not to disturb the treatment area. Dr. Casler will determine when you can resume brushing and flossing at the treatment site.
- For the first day, you should lie down and rest. You should not engage in any exercise or strenuous activities because this can cause strain and further bleeding. For most patients, exercise can resume about three or four days after surgery.
- Eat the Right Foods
- You will need to stick to a soft food diet until your dentist determines that you can resume eating other foods. It is also important to avoid eating overly hot foods. Bananas, peaches, oatmeal, and steamed vegetables are examples of nutritious foods that make excellent choices following dental implant surgery.
Our team is dedicated to making every effort to help you experience the best possible benefits of dental implants.
Expected Side Effects
In addition to bleeding and swelling, there are several side effects that you can expect after your procedure, such as:
- Jaw stiffness
Any pain or discomfort can typically be managed with over-the-counter medication. These side effects should subside a few days after surgery.
Warning Signs of Complications
Following dental implant surgery performed by an experienced dentist, complications are rare. However, you should contact your dentist immediately if you experience:
- Persistent fever
- Excessive swelling
- Severe, continuous bleeding
Contact Us Anytime
If you are considering dental implants or have recently undergone surgery and have questions, contact us online or call us at (918) 477-7677. Our team is dedicated to making every effort to help you experience the best possible benefits of dental implants.
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