Caring For Dental Implants

If you’re considering restorative treatment with dental implants or have recently undergone placement surgery, you may be wondering what to expect during recovery or what guidelines to follow. Our team will make sure you are prepared when the time comes for your surgery and we will tell you what to expect during the healing process. While we will provide you with this information at your appointment, we want you to have instant access to this information regardless of where you are in the treatment process. That way, you will be feeling confident long before surgery day!

If you are looking for dental implants in or around Rochester, IN, we invite you to call our office to schedule your consultation, or simply ask us a question about the procedure. Our team members are standing by, delighted to provide you with the answers you need!

Expectations During Recovery

Patients are often surprised by the ease of recovery after receiving dental implants. In fact, the most complex portion of the procedure is usually the preparation performed before you even receive the surgery! This includes the extensive planning done by Dr. Hazen and his team to ensure that the operation is smooth and successful. During the first two weeks of recovery, you may experience some discomfort, bleeding, and swelling in the region. We have suggestions on how to safely manage soreness and inflammation during this time listed below. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, please give us a call for further guidance. 

  • Bleeding – After your implants have been placed, it will be normal for you to notice bleeding for the next several hours. For the first 30-60 minutes post-operation, we ask that you fold a piece of damp gauze over the site and gently bite down to restrict bleeding. If bleeding persists, apply more gauze for the next 30 minutes. Plan ahead to restrict your activity on the day of surgery, as excessive physical activity can promote bleeding. Avoid touching the surgery site with your tongue or fingers, as this can cause any blood clots to dislodge from the region while healing. For the next two or three days, you may notice little amounts of blood in your saliva as bleeding lightens.  For bleeding that does not subside, please contact our office for further instruction.
  • Swelling – Following your implant procedure, you can expect to experience swelling and bruising. These symptoms usually peak two or three days after the surgery and may linger for up to ten days. Swelling during the first 24 hours can be reduced by the use of ice packs (or a pack of frozen peas) wrapped in a towel and held on the outside of the cheek for 20 minutes. We recommend 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off for a period of time until the swelling reduces. After 24 hours, ice will no longer have this effect and we suggest patients use a warm compress to control swelling. 
  • Discomfort – It is advisable that patients take over-the-counter painkillers/anti-inflammatory medications before their anesthetic effects diminish. These medications include Ibuprofen, Motrin, and Advil. In most cases, pain and discomfort are manageable by a steady dose of this medication for the first two days after surgery. Pain should subside gradually each day, but if the discomfort becomes worse or is not controllable by over-the-counter medications, call our office for further instructions.

Foods & Drinks

It’s important for patients to stay hydrated and continue receiving an appropriate level of nutrition during their recovery. With that being said, there are some restrictions on what should or should not be consumed during the first seven to ten days after surgery. We advise that patients avoid hot drinks, alcohol, carbonated beverages, or spicy foods during recovery.  Also, patients should avoid using straws for the first few weeks of healing, as the sucking motion can dislodge blood clots. Softer foods and cold drinks are recommended as the best option to keep up your energy levels and promote faster healing. Acceptable options include:

  • Soups (room temperature)
  • Pasta
  • Eggs
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Pudding
  • Ice Cream
  • Milkshakes
  • Water
  • Juice
  • Milk
  • Tea

Your Recovery Supported Throughout Healing

After receiving your new dental implants, we know you must be excited. Even throughout the process of recovery, you know you have a brand new smile waiting to be revealed! Our team wants you to have the smoothest possible recovery, as we believe that is a great part of an excellent experience for our patients. When your procedure is complete and you’re sent home, you have a whole team of professionals at our office that are available to help you. 

After your surgery, you are still our patient and we intend to continue providing you the resources you need for a lifetime of great health! We want you to feel comfortable to call us and seek advice, recommendations, or just ease your mind over a symptom you’re concerned with.  Are you interested in starting your path to a restored smile? Call our office in Rochester, IN today to team up with an office you can trust through the entire process!

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