Recovering from Dental Implant Surgery

Pittsburgh Dental Implant Recovery

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 by Timothy Sluser, DMD

A middle-aged man smiling after recovering from dental implant surgeryAt Four Seasons Dental, we offer a wide range of high-quality solutions to a variety of oral health problems, from minor cosmetic flaws to missing teeth. Among the most important innovations in dentistry over the past several decades, dental implants represent the pinnacle of both cosmetic and restorative dentistry. For patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth, dental implants recreate those missing teeth from root to crown, the only restorations that do so. The titanium implant posts are surgically placed into the jawbone where they replicate the missing tooth roots, while the restorations attached to the implants are custom crafted to look remarkably like natural teeth. In terms of appearance, feel, and function, implant supported restorations are a very close next best thing to having your strong, healthy, natural teeth.

Nevertheless, dental implants do require relatively major invasive surgery and, as such, a fairly intensive recovery period. At Four Seasons Dental in Pittsburgh, dental implant recovery is discussed in clear, thorough detail with patients during consultations with Dr. Timothy Sluser before they commit to undergoing the procedure. Dr. Sluser is a firm believer in the value of patient education. He feels that the only way patients can make confident decisions regarding whether to undergo implant dentistry is to understand exactly what to expect before, during, and after treatment, including during the recovery phase.

What can you expect while recovering from dental implant surgery?

After dental implant surgery, you will be somewhat drowsy. While you will be able to hold a coherent conversation, you will not be able to drive yourself home from our practice, so you will have to arrange to have a family member or friend do so.

In the first few days after your surgery, it is perfectly natural to experience some bleeding at the surgical sites. You cannot rinse or spit, although the urge to do so may be strong. To control the bleeding, you can bite down on a gauze pack or a piece of cotton. Only after the bleeding stops will you be able to rinse. At this point, we will prescribe an antibacterial rinse to help prevent infection.

Over the course of your recovery period, you will be expected to follow all instructions provided to you by Dr. Sluser to the letter. Doing so is essential to your timely recovery and to the success of your implant procedure. While you may be provided additional instructions specific to your case, you should expect to be advised to:

  • Take all medications as advised by Dr. Sluser
  • Use ice packs to reduce any external swelling
  • Keep your head elevated, even when you sleep, to prevent swelling
  • If you are a smoker, quit smoking during the healing period and preferably beyond that
  • Eat soft foods that are rich in protein
  • Continue to practice good oral hygiene at home, being gentle around the implant site and rinsing only after all bleeding has stopped
  • Get lots of sleep
  • Avoid hard, crunchy, and chewy foods

Learn More about Recovering from Dental Implant Surgery

To learn more about recovering from dental implant surgery, please contact Four Seasons Dental today.