What To Expect After Dental Implant Surgery: Installment #1

If you are scheduled to have a dental implant placed, you may be wondering what to expect afterwards.  Are you going to be in pain? Will there be bleeding and/or swelling? Can you resume regular activities? These are all excellent questions. After all, it is surgery. In today’s blog, we will discuss what to expect after dental implant surgery.

Some Things To Expect

As with any surgery, there are some things to be expected, including:

Bleeding: It is common for some bleeding to occur for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery. In such cases, it is likely to be more saliva than blood. Biting firmly on gauze will help control the bleeding. Replace the gauze every 30 minutes or so, as needed. Bleeding should never be severe. If bleeding is persistent, contact our office.

Swelling: Swelling is normal after surgery and can be reduced using a cold pack, twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off, during the first 24 hours after surgery. The swelling should reach its peak 2 to 3 days after the procedure.

Pain: Unfortunately, after any surgery there is likely to be some degree of discomfort. Your doctor will likely prescribe medication for pain and swelling. Generally, the most severe pain is experienced within the first six hours after the local anesthetic wears off.

The first two days after surgery tend to be the most uncomfortable. By the third day you should be feeling better. However, if bleeding, pain, or swelling continues longer than 3 days, contact our office.