We wrote these four blogs because it is our intention that your recovery after dental implant surgery be as smooth, comfortable, and pleasant as possible. It is always best to know ahead of time what to expect and how you should handle it. For instance, if you were told there should be absolutely no pain, swelling, or bleeding afterwards, but you experienced all three, then you would know to contact us. But if you expect a certain amount of all three, then you can feel relaxed that there is no reason to be worrying. Knowledge can relieve your anxiety, so we are going to discuss a few more details in today’s final installment of What To Expect After Dental Implant Surgery.
Just a Few More Details
Discoloration/Bruising: Discoloration or bruising is a normal post-operative occurrence that you may notice 2 to 3 days after surgery. You may experience black and blue, or green and yellow discoloration. This is simply bruised tissue. Applying moist heat to the area beginning 36 hours after surgery can help reduce bruising.
Sharp Edges: If you feel sharp edges in the surgical area, it sometimes happens that small slivers of bone from the bony walls that support your teeth will work themselves out during the week or so after surgery. Feel free to call the office if they cause concern or discomfort.
Dry Lips: To avoid dry, cracked lips, apply a moistener such as Vaseline.
Sore Throat: A sore throat is not uncommon after oral surgery due to swelling, and should resolve itself within 2 to 3 days.
Stiff Jaw Muscles: You may experience a stiff jaw which can limit how wide you will be able to open your mouth for a few days after surgery. This is common and usually resolves itself within the first week.