Dental Implants Post-Op: 4 Things You Need to Know

March 12, 2022

When you first talk to your dentist about scheduling dental implant surgery, you’re likely to plenty of questions about the process. In particular, you’ll probably want to know what to expect in the days after the surgery and what you’ll need to do to take care of your mouth while you’re still recovering. Your dentist will go over your post-op instructions before the surgery takes place, but it’s never too early to start preparing. Here are 4 important things that you should definitely know about what to expect after dental implant surgery.

1. If You Were Sedated, Someone Else Will Need to Drive You Home

Patients who received some form of dental sedation or general anesthesia for the implant process should plan on having a friend or family member to take them home afterwards. The effects of the medication won’t wear off for hours; to be safe, you shouldn’t plan on driving or operating heavy machinery for at least 24 hours.

2. Some Bleeding is Normal

Blood might continue to ooze from the surgical site for up to 72 hours after implant placement. This is normal, and your dentist will provide instructions for keeping any bleeding under control. If the wound starts bleeding heavily and doesn’t stop even after you’ve applied pressure to it for a sufficient amount of time, call the practice where your implants were placed right away.

3. You’ll Need to Eat Soft Foods for a While

Patients who receive dental implants need to plan on eating only soft foods for at least the first 24 hours after surgery; they’ll also need to stay away from hot meals and avoid drinking through a straw until the mouth has healed properly. You can eat more solid foods once you feel comfortable doing so. Please note that the implant won’t be ready for direct chewing until a prosthetic has been attached to it, so any chewing should be done with the opposite side of the mouth.

4. Sometimes You Might Need Prescription Pain Medication

Some discomfort is to be expected after implant surgery, and the kind of medicine you need to control it varies based on the procedure. For relatively simple surgeries, discomfort is minimal and over the counter medications such as ibuprofen will be more than enough. But if the surgery was more extensive, your dentist may need to prescribe something stronger. No matter what kind of medication you’re using, make sure to follow the directions that you’ve been provided.

In addition to the above points, your dentist may give you further post-op instructions. Be sure to ask plenty of questions if there’s something you don’t understand or if you have concerns of your own. And remember: the recovery process will be more than worth it once your implants have been restored and your smile is once again complete.

About the Author

Dr. John Siu is one of the dentists here at The Dental People in Katy, and he thoroughly enjoys working with families and patients of all ages here. He earned his Dental Medicine Degree at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine, and he has completed an Implant Preceptorship from UT San Antonio Dental school. His training lets him perform the entire implant process under one roof, so he’s more than happy to answer any questions regarding post-op. To schedule an implant consultation, visit his website or call (281) 769-7648.

Dental Implants Post-Op: 4 Things You Need to Know



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