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what to expect after a dental implant west ryde

What to expect after having a dental implant is probably one of the questions running through your mind if you are waiting for or have recently had dental implant surgery. While the experience can be different from patient to patient, a good recovery is the end goal. This can be achieved faster and with better results if there is an awareness of what to expect and the dos and don’ts.

We have compiled a short guide below on what to expect after your dental implant surgery.


Within 24 hours of your dental implant procedure

Immediately after the dental implant procedure, it’s normal to feel a little drowsy if you were given dental sedation. Once the local anaesthesia wears off, you can expect some pain, discomfort and soreness around the site of the dental implants.

treatment what to expect after a dental implant west rydeA cold compress on the cheek may help, and your dentist will prescribe over-the-counter painkillers, which must be taken as prescribed. 

Minor bleeding is also normal. But refrain from removing the gauze sponge put in place unless it is entirely soaked. Instead, gently bite down on the gauze to apply pressure and stop the bleeding. The implant site and the blood clot on it must not be disturbed. Blood clots are packed with nutrients that boost healing, so don’t do anything to dislodge them!

As for your diet, stick to soft foods and refrain from consuming anything hot. And above anything else, rest and allow your body time to heal naturally.


What to expect within the first week after a dental implant?

Facial swelling and bruising are perfectly normal within the first few days of your dental implant procedure, and this usually peaks around 3-4 days after getting the dental implants. Do not panic! Instead, apply a covered ice pack directly on the cheek area until the swelling eases.

There are fewer dietary restrictions after a couple of days, so you should be fine with partaking in hot and cold food and drinks. Do be careful of extremes of temperature though. Also, stick with softer food to prevent injury to the site of your dental implants

Routine oral hygiene should also resume. If recommended, use a chlorhexidine mouthwash and gently gargle, but avoid aggressive swilling. Your dentist will also encourage you to brush your teeth but only apply gentle force around the implant site. Good oral health promotes speedy recovery, so do not take it for granted! 


What to expect in the weeks after having had a dental implant

You should be able to feel a noticeable improvement around 7-10 days. Also, most patients can return to their regular diet and light exercise around 14 days after dental implant surgery



Your dental implants should now be healing well. Usually, around 3-4 weeks after surgery, your dentist will want to schedule an appointment with you to examine the healing progress. By now, there should be no more bleeding or swelling present. These are good signs that the area is healing and is on the right track for the abutment placement once the bone has completely fused to the dental implants (osseointegration), in approximately 4-6 months.


How long does it take to recover from dental implants? 

Recovery time is variable and different for each patient. Some factors that are vital for a healthy recovery are lifestyle choices and strict dental management. Generally speaking, though, you should be feeling much better within 14 days.

To keep a check on the ongoing progress of your dental implants, your dentist will schedule a regular check-up appointment.


If you are considering dental implant surgery, come and talk to us at West Ryde Dental, where you will experience personalised, friendly and quality care. If you have any more questions, contact us on (02) 9000 1283 for a free dental implants consultation



Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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