A couple of months ago, we discussed what patients should expect during dental implant placement. If you are considering tooth implants to replace missing teeth, it’s also important to prepare for recovery. In most cases, individuals can return to routine activities within one to two days. However, there are a few things patients can do to foster a comfortable, successful recovery. Today, The Stein Center dental team offers a few tips and tricks so you can get back to normal life as quickly as possible.
If you have questions about dental implant treatment, reach out to a member of our Skokie, IL team. Contact us online or call us at (847) 676-3500.
Immediately after Your Tooth Implant
When your implant surgery is complete, your doctor will likely place a small piece of gauze over the site. This helps to slow bleeding and promote the formation of a blood clot. The gauze should be left in place for about 30 minutes, then removed gently. More gauze packs will be provided in case they are needed.
In most cases, patients will be able to drive themselves to and from their appointment. However, many individuals prefer to bring a trusted friend or family member with them for emotional support.
The First Few Days
The first 48 hours are the most important following tooth implant surgery. We recommend getting lots of rest during this time to give your body time to heal. Patients should steer clear of heavy lifting or strenuous activity, as this can result in increased swelling, bleeding, and discomfort. Those with sedentary office jobs can usually return to work the next day. However, if your job is physically demanding, you will need to take a couple more days off to recover.
Common Side Effects and How to Manage Them
Due to the surgical nature of tooth implant placement, it is normal for patients to experience some temporary side effects. Here are a few of the most common symptoms, along with some tips for how to mitigate them:
- Bleeding: If bleeding continues after leaving our office, change out the current gauze pack for another one, and close down with continual pressure for 15 minutes. If this does not help, moisten a tea bag and close down on it for a few minutes. Tea contains tannic acid, which shrinks capillaries and blood vessels, thereby slowing bleeding. If the problem still persists, call us right away for further instruction.
- Swelling: Some degree of swelling is normal following dental implant placement. This side effect generally subsides after the first 48 to 72 hours. However, anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can reduce swelling. Additionally, use of a cold compress can help. Simply apply the compress to the outside jaw for 20 minutes, then remove it for 20 minutes. Repeat this process several times during the first 24 hours for optimal results.
- Bruising: Not everyone has bruising after implant placement. However, if discoloration occurs, it should diminish within the first several days. Though there is nothing that can totally eliminate the risk of bruising, some individuals feel that taking bromelain supplements a few days before the procedure can help limit the effects.
When can I restore my implant?
Even though initial healing typically only takes a couple of days, a few months of healing are usually required before the restoration can be added. During this time, the natural bone tissue fuses to the surface of the tooth implant. This process, known as osseointegration, is essential for long-term stability and success.
Keep in mind, however, that each patient is unique. Some individuals may be able to have their implant restored immediately, while others may need to wait several months. Our doctors can discuss your treatment timeline with you during a visit at The Stein Center.
Contact Our Skokie Dental Practice Today
Tooth implants are widely regarded as the most successful, dependable tooth replacement option available today. If you would like to learn more about this procedure – or if you have further questions about recovery – contact us today by calling (847) 676-3500.