Madison Dental Implants Recovery and Care
After you have made the decision to restore your smile with dental implants, you might find yourself with more than a few questions about the procedure and what comes afterward. The dental implant process can be intimidating for some patients, but it doesn’t need to be. By understanding how to prepare for your procedure, what will happen on your surgery day, and how to care for your implants long term, you can take the process in stride. Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions regarding dental implants.
How much time should I take off of work?
Although many patients worry about missing weeks of work due to their dental implant procedure, you can save the vast majority of your vacation days for another venture. After your mouth is ready for dental implants, the actual procedure of placing your permanent crowns can be completed during one or two normal-length visits. Because there can be some discomfort associated with implants—especially as you get used to the new teeth—some patients opt to take a few days off of work immediately following their surgery.
How should I prepare for my dental implant procedure?
The most important aspect of preparing for your dental implant procedure is communicating clearly with your doctor. Make sure that Dr. Gyurina understands any underlying medical conditions that you have, including anxiety, eating disorders, or other relevant medical history that could affect your ability to heal. Also, follow the doctor’s orders carefully prior to surgery day.
What will happen the day of my surgery?
Your dental implant appointment will start much like any other dental appointment. You will receive a few anesthetic shots to numb the area, just like if you were receiving a filling or a root canal. Next, the doctor makes a small incision to expose your jawbone. If the area is healthy, a small hole will be drilled where the implant’s anchor will be placed. After the anchor is installed, you will most likely be fitted with a temporary crown until your implant is created at the lab. After your implant is finished, you will need to attend a follow-up appointment, during which the temporary crown will be removed, and your permanent crown will be cemented in place.
What will the post-surgical recovery be like?
After your surgery, the doctor will talk with you about how to control your pain after the anesthetic wears off. You may also be prescribed an antibiotic to prevent infections. As your implant heals, you will need to eat soft foods, such as smoothies and soups. The healing process typically takes between 10-14 days. If non-dissolvable stitches are used, they will be removed around the 10-day mark.
How can I take care of my new implants?
Unlike dentures or other oral devices, which may need to be soaked overnight or deep cleaned occasionally, dental implants can be cared for just like your normal teeth. Patients should continue to brush, floss, and rinse like normal. Dr. Gyurina will show you how to brush and floss in the days immediately following your implant procedure. Dental implants have an incredibly high success rate, hovering at around 99%, but if you notice signs of infection around the implant site, such as pain or swelling, call our office right away.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today!
Because so many aspects of dental implants depend on your current oral health, the best way to find out whether or not implants are right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gyurina. Our doctors will carefully evaluate your oral heath and talk to you about how to take the next step towards achieving a beautiful, comfortable smile.