Is Swelling Normal After Dental Implants?

Is Swelling Normal After Dental Implants?

Dental implants have been helping patients to smile brighter because of how full and healthy their teeth look. Implants are normally made of titanium, so they are safely used during oral surgeries. Over the course of a few months, the implant will bond with the underlying bone and become part of your smile. Implants replace not only the top portion of your tooth, but the roots as well. The implant can hold a crown, bridge or complete set of dentures to prevent it from falling out.

Is Swelling Normal After Dental Implants?

In order to place the implants, an incision is made through the gums and the implant inserted deep into the bone of the jaw. Your body’s natural reaction to this type of procedure is to cause inflammation, slight pain and tenderness. It is completely normal for you to experience swelling after dental implants. The swelling can be handled with simple over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications. Cold therapy and drinking cold liquids, like icy water, can help to bring the swelling down. It’s important to keep the area completely clean, as per your aftercare instructions, so that the swelling goes away quickly and without any post-operative complications. One of the most common causes for severe or prolonged swelling is not keeping the area clean. We will provide you with a special oral rinse that works to eradicate bacteria and microbes.

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How To Care For And Maintain Your Implants

How to Care for and Maintain Your Implants

If you are experiencing severe pain and swelling, especially after days or weeks of undergoing surgery, it is important to come in so that we can examine the implant to ensure it’s healing properly. The best way to maintain and care for your implants is to keep the area clean and to keep up with any followup appointments that you have. These appointments allow us to examine the implant and take x-rays to ensure it’s healing properly and fusing with the underlying bone in the correct manner. Most implants can take months to heal fully, so it’s normal to experience some swelling until this occurs. It is important to avoid playing with the new implant or the surgical site with your tongue until it is given enough time to heal.

If you want to schedule an appointment to come into our office for dental implants, call us today and we can help accommodate you with our extended business hours.