Dental Implant Post Op Instructions in Allen
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You just had an implant put in and now it's time to start healing. You might be wondering about the recovery process for a dental implant in Allen. Check out the information below, and as always if you have any questions the expert team at All Smiles Dentistry is here to help!
INSTRUCTIONS AFTER IMPLANT SURGERY IN Allen
When you leave the office after implant surgery, the area will be numb. It is important not to eat anything that you have to chew. You may have prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics - have these filled on the way home if possible. You will need to begin taking them immediately. Apply a cold pack to the area after implant surgery - a zip lock with ice covered in a towel is fine, a rice bag put in the freezer for 20 minutes is perfect. You will want to apply the cold pack for 20 minutes and remove it for 20 minutes and repeat for the first 24 hours as much as possible to keep inflammation and swelling down. You may notice a small round healing cap flush with the gum-line over the implant. This cap protects the implant and helps the gums to form properly as they heal. This cap must stay in place. If the cap unscrews and comes loose, keep it and notify the office immediately. While this is not a dental emergency, the sooner the cap is replaced, the easier. If you have any stitches, they will dissolve.
Swelling and bruising are possible after implant surgery. They are more likely with the placement of multiple implants during the same surgery. Swelling usually shows up when waking on the second day and can worsted on the third day. Ice should be used daily and sleeping elevated should continue until all signs of swelling have ceased. Swelling is much less likely with an implant procedure without extraction and without sutures (closed procedure.)
In the weeks and months following implant placement, the implant is beginning to integrate, your jawbone is healing on the side of the implant to lock it in place. This process takes 6 months is the implant was placed at the time of an extraction and 3 months if placed in solid bone. This is a natural biological process and cannot be sped up. If the bone does not get to heal on the implant before biting forces are applied, movement of the implant may occur. If movement of the implant occurs, healing will not continue and the implant will be rejected.
After the three months of healing is complete, an x-ray will be taken to verify healing occurred. If healing looks normal and the gingiva around the healing cap is healthy, the implant can be restored with an abutment and crown at this time.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS IN Allen
Find the answers below to the most frequently asked questions about dental implant recovery in Allen. Having the answers to these key questions can help you choose the right Allen dentist for you. If you don't see the answer below to a question you have, reach out to All Smiles Dentistry at (972) 747-1996 and our team can help!
After implant surgery, do not eat anything that you have to chew until your numbness wears off. Cold, soft foods like ice cream or pop-cycles feel best at first. Stay away from hot or spicy food. Mashed potatoes, pudding, pasta or rice are also good examples of soft foods to eat immediately after. If you have stitches, you will want to eat soft foods until the stitches dissolve or are removed after the first week. If you do not have stitches, you can return to eating normally after 2 or 3 days.
If the implant was placed at the time of the tooth extraction, it takes 2 full weeks before the gums are healed. At this time, it will feel like the implant is healed, but it is not. Under the gums, there is still healing taking place. It takes the bone between 4-6 months to heal fully after a tooth is removed and an implant is placed. Even when bone grafting material is placed, it takes the body months to replace the grafting material with your body's own bone and heal around the implant and lock it into place.
If the implant was placed into the solid bone and you have stitches, it will feel like the implant is healed after the first week when the stitches are dissolved or are removed. Under the gums, the bone is still healing around the implant for another 3 months before a crown can be placed on the implant to chew on.
If the implant was placed in the solid bone and you do not have stitches, the gums will heal in a few days. Under the gums, the bone is still healing around the implant for another 3 months before a crown can be placed on the implant.
Once the gums heal, you can begin eating normally. It is important to not put pressure on the round healing cap while the bone is healing around the implant. Any movement at all of the implant impairs the ability of the bone to heal around the implant.
A dry socket occurs after a tooth is extracted, if the blood clot dissolves, falls out of the socket, or never forms in the socket leaving the socket “dry.” If an implant is placed at the time a tooth is removed, the bone grafting material is placed in the socket with a collagen membrane covering the graft and the gingiva closed with sutures. This nearly eliminates the chance that a dry socket could occur. It is still a good practice if the implant was placed at the same time as the tooth is extracted, to refrain from drinking carbonated beverages, smoking, or drinking through a straw and other post-extraction instructions.
If the implant was placed in solid bone, there is no chance of a dry socket, because there is no socket.