Getting Same-Day Dental Implants? Know What To Expect Afterward
Are you going to be getting same-day dental implants and are a bit concerned about what it will be like after the procedure is finished? It will help to know the following things to manage your expectations and know when something is wrong.
Pain and Swelling
You will have pain and swelling immediately after the dental implants are installed, but it should only last a few days. You need to be concerned if you continue to feel pain and have swelling about a week after the procedure was performed. Let your dentist know so that they can take a closer look, since it is possible that you have an infection that needs to be taken care of.
It is normal to experience bleeding during the first two days after the procedure. You need to be concerned when you continue to have bleeding beyond that. This is an indication that something is wrong, and you'll likely need to return to your dentist to take a look at the dental implants.
You will have bruising for a few days after the implants are installed. However, the bruising will slowly go away over time. In most situations, the bruising should clear up in a few days, but it could take as long as a week. Reach out to your dentist if you continue to have bruising past a week's time or if the bruising does not look like it is reducing at all.
Make sure to ask your dentist about the sutures that they will use for the procedure. In most situations, your same-day implants will use dissolvable sutures that do not need to be removed. If your dentist has to use non-dissolvable sutures, you'll need to make a return visit for them to be removed.
You want to avoid rinsing or spitting during the first day after the procedure is finished, since that behavior can put a lot of pressure on the implants and cause problems while they are trying to heal. You should also avoid putting your fingers in your mouth to touch the implants, pulling back your lips to take a closer look, or anything like that. That excess pressure from poking around could impact how the implants heal, and it is better to just leave the area alone.
Do you have more questions about what to do after getting your dental implants? Reach out to your dentist for more information.