If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Richardson, the first step to a complete smile involves your placement surgery. A titanium implant post will be surgically placed into your jaw to serve as a new root. Your bone will fuse to the post through a process called osseointegration, providing a stable foundation for your replacement tooth. Although the procedure is routine, it’s normal to have a few questions about your recovery. There’s no need to worry. Here are the answers to the top 5 questions asked by patients post-op.
1. Can I drive myself home?
Sedation or anesthesia is used during your placement surgery to ensure your comfortable; therefore, you won’t be able to drive yourself home. It can take several hours for the effects of the medication to dissipate, so you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment. It’s also best if they can stay with you for the next 24 hours after your surgery.
2. Is bleeding normal?
Your surgical site can ooze blood for up to 72 hours after your surgery. Your dentist in Richardson will place gauze at the surgical site to help control the bleeding before you leave. You’ll need to continue to bite on the pads for the 1st hour after your procedure. To ensure bleeding doesn’t begin again, it’s best to avoid any vigorous spitting or rinsing. If your dental implants were placed in the upper jaw, you’ll also want to avoid blowing your nose.
3. Will the oozing be heavy?
Initially, the oozing will be quite heavy; however, biting on the gauze will help lessen it. If the bleeding is heavy after 1 hour of biting on the pads, it’s best to contact your implant dentist. The bleeding should improve as each day passes. If it continues or worsens, you’ll need to call your dentist.
4. Can I eat?
Your mouth will be a bit tender for a few days, so you’ll want to stick to a soft diet for at least 24 hours. You’ll want to avoid drinking anything through a straw for at least the first 1-2 days. As your pain subsides, you can incorporate harder foods into your diet; however, avoid anything that’s sharp or crunchy to prevent injury to the healing surgical site.
5. Will my recovery be painful?
As with any surgery, there will be some discomfort, but you can manage it using an over-the-counter pain reliever. After 5-7 days, your pain should be improving. If it’s worsening, it’s time to call your dentist.
Enjoy an Easy Recovery
If you have any questions after your implant surgery, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist. They will help to ensure a stress-free recovery.
About Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh
Dr. Afsin Azmoodeh has over 20 years of experience in dentistry. He has completed advanced training in many areas of specialty, including dental implants. Nominated as one of “America’s Bests Dentists” two years in a row, you can feel confident knowing your smile is in good hands. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for dental implants.