When the time comes to replace missing teeth, you will be presented with a number of options, one of those being dental implants. They have numerous advantages that outweigh other dental procedures and are quite natural-looking. But first comes the healing process and a few weeks of side effects. They will begin to take effect over the first two days but there should be no cause for concern – side effects are common following any oral surgery. Here are the three most common:
Swelling. Swelling of your jaw, gums and cheeks is common following dental implant surgery and will typically last up to a week. You can help reduce the swelling by applying an ice pack or bag of frozen peas to the affected area for 20 minutes at a time, with 20-minute breaks in between.
Soreness. Immediately after dental implant surgery, you will experience jaw and gum soreness due to the tissues that had to be damaged to accommodate your dental implants. You’ll be able to control the pain with over-the-counter prescription pain killers, and eventually switch to something like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
Bruising. Bruising can start to appear on your jaws, gums and neck which is a result of the dental implant surgery. Discoloration will more noticeable once the swelling goes down. The bruising should be less noticeable or gone by the end of the first week following the surgery.
Your face will begin to feel and look significantly better after a couple of weeks, and you should be able to return to your regular daily activities without any further issue. But if any persist, call your dentist immediately.
For more information about dental implants, call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 9255-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.
Drs. Barmby and Frick proudly serve patients from Walnut Creek and all surrounding areas.