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After Implant Placement
After getting a dental implant, it is important to understand the side-effects and limitations that come with the procedure. While dental implants help restore the natural abilities of your teeth, it can take weeks to months to fully recover. This is especially true if you had multiple implants placed in your mouth during your procedure. Our staff at Higbee Family Dentistry will help guide you through your recovery to ensure the procedure is a complete success with as few side effects as possible.
What Are the Side-Effects After an Implant Placement?
Most patients who get dental implants do not experience any complications after the surgery. This is because the materials used during the implant are considered biocompatible. This means that your body will not reject the dental implant. Your body welcomes the titanium anchor by fusing it to your tooth as it would a natural tooth. However, there are several side effects to be mindful about after the surgery is performed.
You will experience bleeding following your oral surgery. You may see bloody saliva after the surgery, which should not be alarming. You will be asked to bite down on the gauze that was initially placed in your mouth for around 40 to 60 minutes to help with blood clotting. Never remove the gauze until you are instructed, as doing so prematurely may cause the initial blood clot to loosen and can cause even more bleeding.
The bleeding subsides after four to six hours of maintaining pressure on the gauze. If bleeding persists after the first six hours, we recommend using a moistened black tea bag to bite down on for around 30 to 45 minutes to help form a blood clot. It’s important to keep your tongue away from the surgical site, as this can lead to you pulling out the blood clot.
Experiencing minor to severe pain is not unusual immediately following the surgery. We may prescribe you medication for the pain, accompanied by instruction on when and how often to take them. It is important to avoid alcoholic beverages and avoid taking certain over-the-counter medications that promote bleeding. We will provide you with all of the necessary information to help alleviate the pain during the first few days following your dental implant.
What Happens After the Surgery?
Following the surgery, our team will give you a list of instructions to follow. This will include what you should avoid doing, such as smoking or extensive exercising, what you should and should not eat, and when you should come back in for your next appointment. There will be a series of follow-up appointments that allow us to monitor your recovery. If we see any signs of infection, we will likely prescribe an antibiotic to prevent the infection from spreading and causing damage. Be sure to come in for your follow-up appointments, as these are crucial to your dental implant recovery.
Dental implants rarely cause complications, which is a benefit to the surgery. However, rarely does not mean never, so it is important to follow all instructions given to you after the surgery. If you have any questions or concerns after your dental implant surgery, give our Higbee Family Dentistry office a call at (541) 342-1187 so we can schedule you for a same-day appointment.