Post-Surgery Prep: What To Expect After Dental Implants

If you're getting ready to have dental implant surgery, you need to be fully prepared for what the process will bring. The more you understand what you can expect from the recovery, the easier the entire recovery stage will be. In addition, it will help you to identify any potential problems before they become serious. Here are a few things you should know about the time following your procedure.

Swelling And Discomfort

In the first couple of days after your surgery, you can expect some generalized discomfort and swelling in the area. You can help minimize the swelling by applying ice to the area in short increments according to your dentist's recommendation. Don't be surprised to see some bruising along your jawline as well. This is normal following this type of procedure.

Also, you will feel some soreness and tenderness in your jaw and gums following the procedure. This is to be expected while your gums and jaw are adjusting to the presence of the post that's been inserted into the jawbone. While this discomfort is normal, severe pain is a cause for concern. If you're experiencing severe pain, talk to your dentist right away.


As is expected with most any kind of oral surgery, you may have some level of bleeding in the 24 hours following the procedure. Your dentist will stitch and treat the area as best as possible before you leave the office to help minimize the bleeding, but you can expect to have to bite on gauze for an hour or so after the procedure. The pressure of this will help you to encourage clotting and stop the bleeding.


The first couple of weeks after your surgery are crucial for preventing infection and taking care of your mouth. You'll have to rinse with salt water every few hours for a couple of weeks to help you avoid any potential infections. You will also need to be careful about how you brush your teeth, because brushing around the surgical area may break the stitches loose. While you're keeping up with your oral care, keep a watch for any kind of cyst or inflammation in the area, because that may indicate infection and should be addressed by your dentist as soon as possible.

These are some of the basics of what you can expect post-surgery. Before you go in for your appointment, consider these things and prepare ahead of time. Contact a medical office like Treasured Smiles Dentistry for more information and assistance.