Post-surgical recovery after dental implants are placed into your jawbone is similar to recovery from orthopaedic treatments. This is normal, as the bone tissue recovery is the key process and needs to be helped in similar ways as when a bone is broken and put into a cast to heal.
In the immediate period, i.e. several days after the surgery, most patients experience gum swelling and paint to the implant area, sometimes bleeding. These symptoms are a normal consequence of such a treatment and may slightly ease as the days go by.
In most cases, the pain can be managed with painkillers, and swelling will slowly go down. You should primarily focus on the recovery of the implant itself and have a diet which consists of softer foods. However, if the surgical wound condition is getting worse, you should contact your dental surgeon as soon as possible. Otherwise, the wound needs to heal naturally.
Do not allow any mechanical pressure to the implant area. It doesn’t mean just the implant, it includes any adjoining teeth, the part of the jawbone to which it’s attached and the surrounding gums. In the immediate post-surgery period you should avoid taking any foods which require chewing. Rely on soft foods for up to two weeks after the surgery.
You need to have the entire mouth better adapt to the implant’s presence. When it comes to dental hygiene and care, your dental surgeon will give you detailed instructions for it. Note that your implant surgery will most likely be an outpatient procedure, so you will be told about how to care for your mouth immediately after the surgery, and will be able to perform it the same evening.
Most dental surgeons will use dissolving stitches. If you get stitches that need to be manually removed, these will remain in your teeth for about ten days.
Speaking of long-term recovery and osseointegration, it will usually last for six months, sometimes longer, but during that entire period patients need to stick strictly to their dental surgeon’s and dentist’s recommendations and have regular check-ups of the implants. The patient should carry on with bone-friendly dietary habits, avoid use of alcohol, soda, tobacco and any other products which harm the bone healing and slow down the osseointegration process. Use dental use care products which can’t cause damage to the implants as long as the practitioners recommend it.