Congratulations on the decision to improve your smile, oral health, and quality of life with dental implants. We are confident you will be happy with results of your treatment at Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN. You may be wondering, though, what happens after implant placement. This helpful information should put your mind at ease.
Why patients in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN are comfortable after implant placement
All possible precautions (including various options for sedation) are taken before and during the procedure to ensure your comfort. Surgery is well-planned and computer-guided for precision, so chair time is brief. Most people experience minimal post-operative discomfort. Often, it can be managed with over-the-counter analgesics. However, depending on the extent of your procedure (whether you had extractions, for instance), pain medications and antibiotics may be prescribed. Incorporating platelet rich fibrin (PRF)– growth factors from your own blood – minimizes post-surgical trauma and speeds healing.
Options for temporary teeth
A dental implant restoration is stable and comfortable because it becomes part of your body through a process of osseointegration with bone. That takes time – typically several months. What to do during that healing period is a natural concern. We work with your general dentist to tailor temporary tooth replacement to your unique situation. This can be accomplished with a healing cap and interim crown, removable prosthetic (“flipper”), temporary fixed bridge, or denture inserted immediately after tooth implant surgery.
Dental implant aftercare
You will need someone to drive you home after your appointment, and you should take it easy the rest of the day. The doctor will talk with you about the possibility of some blood oozing, and how to control it. You may have dissolving sutures, but regardless, the soft tissue incision closes within a few days.
Smokers have higher risk of implant failure, because chemicals in smoke constrict blood flow and impede the body’s natural healing processes. It is especially important to stop smoking for a few weeks before and after implant surgery.
With good post dental implant care, implants have a proven 90+ percent long-term success rate.
Would you like more information about what to expect after implant placement? Schedule a visit to Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN – (219) 307-4382 . One of our highly-qualified surgeons will be happy to answer your questions.