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Recovering after Dental Implant Surgery

Recovering after Dental Implants

Knowing what to expect is the greatest approach to have a relaxing dental implant surgery recovery after treatment at our San Diego, CA office. Our dentists have created this list of post-operative instructions to assist our patients in planning ahead of time.

These guidelines will help you recover quickly and successfully whether you are having a single tooth replaced or several dental implants san diego implanted to restore your oral health.

The Initial 48 Hours

When you leave our office after your surgery, gauze will be placed over the surgical site. You can leave it in for around 30 minutes before removing it. There is no need to apply extra gauze once the bleeding has stopped. If the region is still bleeding, apply a fresh piece of gauze and bite down with strong, constant pressure for another 15 minutes.

For the first 24 to 48 hours, oozing is usual. If the bleeding is moderate to severe, though, you can bite down on a moistened tea bag. Tannic acid, found in tea, shrinks arteries and capillaries, reducing bleeding. If the bleeding continues, please contact our office for further instructions. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to treat any soreness. Our Dentists may have also given you prescription drugs. It is critical to take them exactly as advised.

For the first 24 hours, apply a cold compress to the outer jaw every 20 minutes to minimize swelling. Strenuous activities of any kind should be avoided for at least 48 hours after surgery. When your heart rate rises, you are more likely to experience bleeding, edema, and discomfort. A soft food diet is also recommended.


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The Initial Week

Most patients notice that any discomfort or edema starts to go away around day three or four after surgery. If absorbable stitches were used, they would most likely fall out during the first week. Over-the-counter drugs can be gradually reduced as needed. However, depending on the length of their treatment, some patients may need to continue taking these medications for at least one week.

We will usually see you for your initial follow-up appointment seven to ten days after your surgery. After the first week, most patients are able to resume their normal eating habits.

Timeline for Total Healing

In most circumstances, dental implants will need to recover for several months before the restoration may be attached. Even though you will feel better in a few days, your jawbone will continue to heal for several weeks. Osseointegration is the process by which the bone fuses with the implant throughout this time.

Healing times can vary greatly from person to person. Typically, it takes three to four months. If you needed any preliminary surgeries, such as bone grafts or sinus lifts, this could lengthen your treatment.

It is critical to maintain proper hygiene at this stage of your recovery. Brushing and flossing your teeth and gums properly will keep them healthy and prevent oral bacteria from interfering with your healing.

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To Learn More, Please Contact Us.

If you have any questions concerning your planned dental implant procedure, please contact us. To learn more about healing after dental implant placement, please contact us online or call (858) 566-0842.


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