As you prepare to have your dental implants placed, it’s important that you have a clear understanding of the process. Your implant dentists will guide you through the preparation phase of the procedure and provide care for you during the surgery. Once your treatment is complete, what should you expect during the recovery phase?
Naturally, the healing process will be different for each patient. Specific post-operative instructions will be provided for you according to the details of your surgery. Factors such as your overall health, your age, and the extent of your surgery will influence your ability to heal. For the best possible outcome, your implant dentist will ensure that you have the instructions that are appropriate for you, and you will be responsible for adhering to those recommendations at home.
Understandably, most patients would prefer to return to work as soon as possible. Fortunately, implant surgery has been streamlined almost to perfection. This means that the procedures are minimally invasive, the anesthetic and sedation options are highly effective, and the recovery time is faster than ever before.
Generally, you will be instructed to rest at home for the remainder of the day, and resume your regular activities within a day or two. These activities can include returning to work with a few exceptions:
- You should avoid strenuous activities for the first few days.
- Avoid driving and operating machinery until the effects of the anesthetics and sedation wears off completely (24 hours or more).
- You should follow the instructions on your medications, particularly antibiotics or pain medications prescribed (especially those that may cause sleepiness, drowsiness, or your ability to drive and operate machinery.)
- Avoid smoking.
- Get plenty of rest (sleep) and adequate nutrition.
By following your post-operative instructions and practicing good oral hygiene, your dental implants should heal nicely and you’ll be able to return to your normal routine as soon as possible.
To learn more about the implant recovery process, call the dental implant experts, Drs. Steven Koos DDS, MD and Brian Shah DDS, MD to schedule your consultation today.