Are you getting ready to take the next step in your dental implant journey? When preparing for the surgical portion of the process, it is not uncommon to become concerned or unsure about what you can expect after the anesthesia wears off. This is why your local dentist is here to provide answers to four of the most common post-op questions about dental implant surgery. Read on to better prepare yourself for the recovery phase of treatment and what you can do to ensure successful healing.
Will I Be Able to Drive Home?
Unfortunately, you will need to make sure someone escorts you to and from your appointment. The reason is that you will receive anesthesia at the start of your surgery and additional sedation (if requested). Because of the invasive nature of this oral procedure, your dentist will likely recommend that for your safety, you do not attempt to drive for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
Will I Notice Any Bleeding After Leaving the Office?
While it might be alarming, you will likely notice some slight bleeding after you leave the dentist’s office. In fact, it is not uncommon for this to continue for 2-3 days. While there will be clean gauze over your surgical sites, you will be expected to continually bite down firmly to help minimize and stop any additional bleeding. You will also need to adhere to the do’s and do not’s your dentist suggests to avoid causing your implants to bleed even more (i.e., do not spit or rinse, and do not blow your nose).
When Can I Brush My Teeth?
Proper oral hygiene is essential if you want to avoid an infection. This is why it is recommended that once 24 hours have passed, you continue to brush your teeth. While you will need to be mindful around your surgical sites, it can help to gently rinse your mouth with mild salt water. This not only thoroughly cleanses your oral cavity but also supports quicker healing. Just remember to not use hydrogen peroxide or mouthwash for at least two weeks.
How Soon Can I Return to Work?
When you can return to work is ultimately dependent upon your individual case. If you only needed one dental implant in Phoenix, there is a good chance you will be able to return much quicker than someone who needed between 4 and 8 implants to replace an entire arch. It is recommended, however, that you take at least 1-2 days off, if not 3-4 should you have a job that requires strenuous activity. This is why many people choose to schedule their surgeries on a Thursday or Friday, so it minimizes the number of days away from work.
If you have additional questions about what you can expect after your dental implant surgery, do not be afraid to ask. Getting the clarification you need will only help you to feel more confident when it is time to recover at home.
About the Author
Dr. John Ludu and his team at Devoted Family Dental believe in the possibilities that only dental implants can provide. When placing them in a patient who is suffering tooth loss, it can be a wonderful feeling knowing their teeth are now permanent and fully in place. However, even before the surgical procedure, Dr. Ludu is here to answer questions and address concerns to ensure everyone who aspires for this type of tooth replacement solution is equipped to make the right choice for their oral health. Contact us at (623) 444-6222 to learn what answers will help you in your decision-making process.