Rather than compromise surrounding teeth or having to wear a removable prosthetic appliance, dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth within the mouth. Implants are made of titanium and inserted deep into the jawbone. Over the course of a few months, the implants themselves will fuse with the surrounding bone and become a permanent part of your smile.
What to Expect During Implant Surgery?
The surgery itself involves making an incision through the gums and inserting the implant into the bone. You will come in regularly over the course of the next few months so that we can check on how the implant is healing. Most patients can successfully have implants placed, and they will often last for 30 to 40 years or more depending on the amount of wear that they receive.
Is Swelling Normal After Surgery?
In order to place the implant, we will make an incision through the gums and drill a thin tunnel-like hole into the jawbone. For this reason, it is common to experience some pain and swelling after surgery itself. This pain, tenderness and inflammation should subside in a few days to about one or two weeks. If you’re still experiencing severe pain and swelling after an entire week of having the procedure done, you should come in to have a post-operative checkup. This checkup allows us to see if there is a problem and if the implant is healing properly. Very rarely will implants fail, but we will still need to check to ensure this is not the case after surgery.
Some of the different things you can do to minimize and reduce swelling include:
- Warm salt water rinses
- Antimicrobial rinses
- Ice packs
- Over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
How to Maintain and Care for Your New Dental Implants
The best way to minimize swelling and to help the new implant to heal is to follow all post-operative instructions. Avoid smoking, drinking through a straw or eating hard, crunchy or tacky foods that could irritate the gums and underlying implant. We will provide you with an antimicrobial rinse that you should use to clear away bacteria and keep the surgical site clean. It is important that you follow all instructions that we give you to ensure that the swelling subsides quickly and that the implant will be given a chance to heal and bond with your smile.
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, call us today so that we will be able to answer all of your questions and schedule you with an appointment.