What to Expect After Dental Implant Surgery - Whitestone Family Dentistry

December 20, 2022by Megha Bassi

You’ve probably done a lot of research about dental implants in Cedar Park and what the entire process looks like. You understand their benefits, know how long the healing period lasts and read about how to care for your implants. 

But, now that the implant surgery appointment is approaching, you may want to know what you can expect immediately after this procedure. For example, is pain normal after dental implant surgery or should you get worried if you are experiencing any? 

Let’s find out! 

What to Expect After Dental Implant Surgery: A Short Overview 

Getting a dental implant is quite a major surgery and your body will need some time to heal. Here’s what you should expect: 

  • Immediately After the Surgery 

Depending on the type and level of sedation used, you may feel a bit sleepy and dizzy immediately after the procedure. As the anesthetic wears off, you will start experiencing some pain and discomfort, which you can manage with over-the-counter medication. You can also expect some minor bleeding and swelling. All these symptoms are normal, so you shouldn’t get worried if you are in a bit of pain. 

Although it may feel tempting, try not to touch the implant site with your tongue or finger. Don’t pull your lip either to look at the surgery site. 

  • 24 Hours After the Implant Surgery 

Your body needs time to heal, so make sure to take the day off and rest. Opt for a liquid diet to avoid putting any strain on your jaw or getting any food debris stuck in the implant site. You can eat soups, yogurt, and smoothies. While you can brush the rest of your teeth, avoid touching the implant site. You should also avoid smoking or drinking through a straw. 

  • 72 Hours After the Implant Surgery 

You can start rinsing your mouth with salt water after 24 hours have passed since the surgery. Just make sure to use gentle motions. The saltwater will not only clean your mouth but also help with alleviating any discomfort or sensitivity you may be experiencing. 

While pain should subside by now, swelling usually reaches its peak at around this time. You can use a cold compress to reduce the swelling and get some relief. 

You should continue eating soft foods like oats, pasta, cream soups, and so on. Make sure to chew on the other side of the implant to avoid any potential damage. 

How to Know If Something Is Wrong 

You should feel better with each passing day. If, instead, the pain and swelling are getting worse, then that’s a sign that something is not right. If you’re also having a fever, a foul taste in your mouth, and discharge from the surgical site, then that’s a sign of an infection and you should call your dentist immediately. 

Interested in Implants? Request an Appointment! 

Are you considering dental implants and want to know if they are the right option for you? The team of Cedar Park dentists at Whitestone Family Dentistry can help you find out the answer. 

Contact us now to request an appointment