After your dental implant is placed, it is important to listen to your doctor’s advice for post-op care, to minimize the risk of infection and promote proper healing. For most patients, the initial healing process after placement usually only takes around a week, depending on the state of your individual oral health. We’ll send you home with specific aftercare tips, but here’s some general guidelines to follow during the week after your procedure:
- Drink plenty of liquids
- Take any prescribed medication to help with pain/infection
- Maintain good oral hygiene
- Limit physical activity
- Some bleeding is normal!
After you’ve healed, you can treat your dental implant like a natural tooth. Simply continue brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist for a cleaning and exam every 6 months.
Implant Placement Aftercare
There are two parts to the dental implant healing process: the initial healing, after placement, and osseointegration, the process that permanently bonds your jaw bone and dental implant.
As previously mentioned, once your implant is placed, you can expect to be healed up within a week or so. Slight swelling and tenderness is common, but, if you follow our guidelines, these symptoms will subside quickly. We recommend managing any post-op pain or discomfort with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, as well as sticking to a soft-food diet. Stay away from hard, sticky, or chewy foods, and be gentle and cautious when brushing around the site of the implant. After 7 days, most patients can return to their normal diet, but it’s important not to rush the healing process and to listen to your own body to avoid any risk of infection.
While most patients recover from the initial oral surgery in just a week or so, full osseointegration can take anywhere between 3 and 6 months to complete. Osseointegration is the process by which your dental implant completely integrates with your jaw bone, and is what makes a dental implant a permanent restoration. We use titanium implants because the metal has the unique property of biocompatibility, meaning it is able to seamlessly bond with your natural bone tissue.
One of the benefits of osseointegration is that it gives the dental implant the ability to function as a natural part of your bite, mimicking the roots of your other teeth. As you chew, the implant stimulates the jaw bone, preventing bone resorption, which can weaken your jaw and lead to further complications down the line. The implant will also fill the gap in your smile, stopping your other teeth from filling the empty space, so your smile won’t shift and will maintain its function and look. We’ll continue monitoring your healing progress as you go through the osseointegration process to ensure everything is going as planned.