Tooth loss is a common issue that people across the United States face. Approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth while 40 million are missing all of their teeth. Fortunately, losing a tooth no longer means that you need to go the rest of your life without it. Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option due to their many benefits. You probably have all sorts of post-op questions before your surgery. Read on to learn the answers to some of the most common ones we receive.
Can I Drive Home After My Surgery?
If you were asleep during your surgery, it will take some time for you to be completely alert after you wake up. You may experience some blurred vision and lack of coordination. Because of this, you should organize for a trusted friend or family member to take you home from your appointment. Avoid driving or operating machinery for the first 24 hours after surgery.
What If the Surgical Site Is Bleeding?
It is common for there to be some blood from the site after having your implants placed. This may occur for up to 48-72 hours following surgery. Bite down firmly on the gauze sponges that have been placed to reduce the bleeding. Avoid spitting and rinsing because this can aggravate the area and stimulate bleeding.
How Long Do I Need to Wait Before Eating?
About an hour after your surgery, you can remove the gauze sponges and have a bite to eat. Be sure to stick to soft foods for the first 24 hours, avoid hot foods and drinks, and don’t drink from a straw. This will give your mouth the best chance of healing properly.
Will My Recovery Time Be Painful?
The amount of discomfort that you feel after surgery will depend on how extensive it was. Take your prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication as directed. If the pain seems to be getting worse after 5 to 7 days instead of getting better, give your dentist a call.
Why Do I Need to Take Antibiotics?
Dental implant placement surgery requires antibiotic therapy. They are used to prevent infection on or around the implant or bone graft. You should follow the dosage directions on the bottle and take the medication until it is finished.
After your dental implant placement surgery, closely follow the instructions from your dentist. You will be showing off a beautiful, restored smile in no time!
About the Author
Dr. Brett Amedro earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has completed advanced training in dental implants, oral surgery, complex crown and bridge, periodontal treatment, and root canal therapy. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. For more information on dental implants or to schedule an appointment at his office in Frisco, CO, visit his website or call (970) 668-1010.