Dental implant surgery, also known as dental implant placement, is the process of placing dental implants in the jawbone. Dental implants are titanium posts placed into the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots. Once placed, the jawbone will begin to naturally fuse with the dental implants in a process called osseointegration. Once fully fused, your dental implants will have the same strength and durability as your natural tooth roots.
During your consultation, our oral surgeon will determine if dental implants are the right option for your smile. If you are a candidate for dental implants, our oral surgeon will explain the procedure in detail and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Dental Implant Recovery Process
After your dental implant surgery, the healing process will begin. Your gums and bone will need some time to heal and fuse together. Your gums will need approximately six months to heal completely. During this time, you should be able to brush and floss normally, and you will be able to eat normally as well. However, you should avoid certain foods, such as crunchy foods, hard foods, and spicy foods, and stick to soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow.
You should expect some mild discomfort and swelling. Typically, over-the-counter pain medications should provide relief, but your dentist in Oklahoma City, OK can prescribe something stronger. The incision site will be tender, swollen, and discolored. You can apply an ice pack to the outside of your mouth for the first 24 hours after surgery. You can also expect your implants to be loose for the initial 24 hours post-surgery. So, eat only soft foods during this time. It is also essential to take care to avoid biting your lip and cheek, as this can lead to infection.
Dental Implant After-care Instructions
Once you receive your dental implants, you will begin the recovery process. Follow all instructions given by your dentist. These instructions will help to ensure a successful recovery.
- Bite with firm pressure, concentrating on the place the implant touches your gum tissue.
- Rinse your mouth with clean water after you eat and before bed.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, but preferably after every meal.
- Floss between your teeth once a day.
You should keep your dental implants and overall mouth clean. In addition, you should maintain regular dental appointments that include professional teeth cleanings every six months. During these appointments, your dental team will check for any signs of dental disease and ensure that your implants remain healthy. If any signs of dental disease are spotted, treatment can be recommended.
Reach out to J. Russell Danner, DDS in Oklahoma City, today by calling 405-749-1676 to schedule an appointment.