After Dental Implant Surgery

Understandably, after dental surgery, you have quite a few questions about recovery time, discomfort, and what you can eat and when. While we try to answer those questions in the office, we wanted to provide you with an easy, always-accessible guide. In this guide, we will discuss what to expect during your recovery.

After Dental Implant Surgery in Spring, Magnolia, Cinco Ranch & Katy, TX

After dental implant surgery, it is recommended that you take it easy for 48-72 hours. Resting assists the healing process and limits after surgery bleeding. Drink plenty of fluids, but nothing too cold. You may need to apply an ice pack to your face in twenty-minute intervals for the 2 days following surgery. If you received upper implants, do not blow your nose for two weeks. It is common to experience slight bleeding for about two days after surgery. You will feel slightly uncomfortable the first two days following surgery, but the third day is generally better. An increase in temperature of about 1 to 2 degrees is to be expected and is not a cause for concern. Finally, while you can eat when you are hungry, do not chew directly onto the bone graft.

General Questions and Answers

Can I drive home?

If you were under anesthesia, it will take a little bit of time for your alertness to return. Therefore, we strongly suggest you have someone take you home after the surgery. Moreover, we also recommend that you limit your driving (and if you operate machinery) activities for the first 24 hours after the procedure.

Why am I bleeding after surgery?

Bleeding is to be expected because it is such a sensitive area. In fact, you may experience bleeding for 2 to 3 days after surgery. It is important to rest and take it easy. Plus, if you receive upper implants, do not blow your nose for 2 weeks after surgery.

What can I eat after surgery?

We recommend that you eat only soft foods for the first 24 hours after surgery. Also, avoid hot food and hot drinks. You should also avoid drinks that are too cold.

How painful will the recovery be?

This depends on the extent of your surgery and how well you manage your recovery. Sometimes, we will prescribe pain relievers if we feel that you may be subject to intense pain. Typically, over the counter drugs such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen is sufficient. The anesthesia wears off after 2-4 hours, so it is best that you eat and take pain medication before it does.

If you have concerns, please contact our offices.

Will I experience swelling?

You will experience some swelling as part of the natural healing process. As mentioned above, you may need to apply an ice pack to your face in 20-minute intervals for the two days after your surgery. Swelling typically subsides 3 to 4 days after surgery.

I’ve been prescribed antibiotics. Why is this necessary?

Antibiotic therapy will prevent infection. It is critical that you follow the dosage instructions on the bottle. Please take the antibiotics until the medication is finished.

Will I have stitches?

In most cases, yes. Sometimes the stitches will dissolve and fall out on their own; other times they may need to be removed.

When can I brush my teeth again?

You can resume teeth brushing within 24 hours of your surgery. However, avoid peroxide, mouthwash, and other oral rinses for 2 weeks.

When do I get my teeth?

Depends on what kind and where your surgery is. Upper jaw implants require a 6 month waiting period before teeth can be placed. Lower jaw implants can have teeth placed after 4 months.

Also, remember:

  • You must refrain from smoking.
  • You will need to set a follow-up appointment, typically within 3 weeks of the surgery.
  • You can resume normal activities as soon as you feel up to it; however, for the first 3 days, avoid anything strenuous.