Posted on 11/1/2017 by Dr. Franco
|While the surgery is the concern for many of our patients, some of them spend their time wondering what comes next. Here at BiteLock, Dr. Pedro Franco can help you every step of the way, from the planning of the procedure to the recovery once it is complete. Dental implants are relatively mainstream at this point, with the number of patients utilizing the technology on the rise each and every day. People are becoming less worried about the process, and more curious about the recovery.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a great method for replacing lost or extracted teeth. We will implant a small titanium post into the socket left behind by the missing tooth. At that point, you will have a “root” to go with your new teeth. It is a strong and stable base and fuses completely with your jawbone. This means that it is very permanent, and offers a wide variety of different appliances that we can secure to it, from crowns and bridges to entire sets of dentures, like our BiteLock fixed denture system.
The Recovery Process
The recovery process will take a different amount of time for different people. This is something that is important to bear in mind. However, most of our patients are for the most part back at work and able to do most things normally after about a week at most. From there, it can take four to six months for your implant to heal completely and to fuse properly with the bone.
Over the next few days, there are a few things that you can, in general, expect to occur. Over the first 24-hour block after the procedure, you should bite on gauze in the area to wick away the blood as quickly as possible. As much as is possible, try not to let anything disturb the spot. Rinsing or chewing can damage the area, and smoking can make healing impossible, so definitely steer clear of that. At this point, you will start rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater two or three times a day. You will also want to avoid exercising for three or four days as well. There will be some swelling, which can be managed with ice applied to the exterior of your mouth only. Finally, there may be some pain, unfortunately. This, though, should be mild enough to be managed easily with over the counter medication.
Over the next few days, you may notice some pinkish oozing from the site, which is normal, but the bleeding should stop. You should gradually be able to start moving on to a more substantial diet than the liquid diet we recommend at first. You may also notice your throat or jaw muscles are stiff. This is normal as well and accompanies the general swelling and inflammation in the area which should start going away by the third day, and you should start feeling more comfortable. Bruising in the area is also normal.
If you have persisting severe pain after a few days have passed, be sure to call us as soon as possible. Dr. Pedro Franco is sure to be able to help. Here at BiteLock, your health and comfort are our number one concern. For more information on what to expect after your procedure, please call us today.
PEDRO F. FRANCO, DDS
HOWARD B. PRICE, DDS
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