Are you getting ready for dental implants in Tysons Corner? Follow our post-operative instructions to enjoy the speediest, most comfortable recovery possible!
DENTAL IMPLANT RECOVERY: DAY 1
After the implants are in and the treatment site is closed, gauze packs will be placed on top of the area. Bite down on these pieces of gauze continuously throughout the first hour after implant placement. Do not change them unless the bleeding is not controlled. After the first hour, you can try taking them off — if bleeding persists, reapply for as long as necessary, changing them every 30 to 45 minutes.
You will likely experience some amount of pain following the oral surgery — this is to be expected. Taking the first prescribed pill before the anesthesia wears off can help to manage the discomfort. Apply an ice pack to the cheek, 10 minutes on/10 minutes off, to minimize swelling and reduce pain.
You may not be hungry for the rest of the day following your surgery. If you are, eat soft, easy-to-chew (or liquid) foods — avoid very hot items. Do not drink through a straw for the first days after the implantation.
When it’s time to go to bed that first night, brush your teeth very gently. Do not poke at or disturb the treatment site. Plan to get plenty of rest for proper healing!
DENTAL IMPLANT RECOVERY: DAYS 2-5
You should still be taking it easy in the first few days following dental implant surgery. You have just had oral surgery, after all, so your body deserves some time off! The second day is often the worst for swelling — but it should all start steadily improving after day three.
Resume your regular oral hygiene routine as soon as discomfort allows you to. Brush gently and floss, taking care around the surgical area. Rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water several times each day will help to keep the area clean to speed up the recovery.
Some (normal) things you may notice after your oral surgery include:
- Dry lips from having your mouth open for a long time during the implant placement. This is fine — simply apply lip balm to soothe the area.
- A sore throat that makes it difficult to swallow, which is common with oral surgery. It should go away after a few days.
- A stiff jaw, which is also the result of having your jaw open for an extended period of time.
- Bruising of the oral tissues may show up after 2 to 3 days and should go away on its own soon after.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR RECOVERY?
If you pencil in plenty of time to rest and relax and follow our hygiene steps properly, you should enjoy a speedy and rather comfortable dental implant recovery. If, however, your symptoms worsen or do not improve, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office! We are here for you throughout every step of the dental implant process — from initial placement to the moment you’re finally enjoying your complete, healthy, beautiful smile.
MEET THE DENTIST
Dr. Sam Osseiran is an experienced implant dentist with over 5,000 hours of continuing education across all dental disciplines. To learn more about dental implants or to discuss the particulars of your recovery, we invite you to contact the office by calling 703-844-3203 today!