Interested in getting a dental implant in Mount Pleasant? Dr. Candice Vinson is an experienced prosthodontist and implant dentist. And at Advanced Dentistry, you can trust our staff to deliver expert care.
Not sure what to expect after recovering from a dental implant? Let’s take a look at the details about the dental implant recovery process, and what you can expect.
If you were sedated during the procedure, you will still be groggy. The implant will also be numbed, as will the area around it, so take care when chewing, and avoid biting your lip and oral tissue.
You will usually be prescribed a pain-reliever by Dr. Candice Vinson for the first day or two after your procedure. Pain, discomfort, and irritation at the implant site are normal during this time.
You will likely also have some bleeding from the implant area. Use clean cotton balls or gauze to absorb this blood. You may bleed intermittently, and bleeding can be exacerbated if pressure is put on the implant site.
During this time, common symptoms of having a dental implant placed include:
• Bruising around the chin, cheeks, and eyes, depending on implant site
• Skin and gum bruising, tenderness around implant site
• Periodic spotting and bleeding (should stop after about a week)
• Itching around the dental implant
Pain and discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen, and external ice packs can help treat swelling during the first few days. After about a week, most bleeding, bruising, and pain should have subsided.
Make sure to follow Dr. Vinson’s instructions for eating, oral care, and drinking to ensure that your implant heals properly.
After the first week, most pain and discomfort should be gone, and there should be no more bleeding. If bleeding continues after a week, you may want to schedule a follow-up with Dr. Vinson to discuss the issue.
Your sutures will dissolve or be removed after two weeks. Itching and discomfort are common while the gum heals, and can be treated with a warm salt water rinse. After about two weeks, you should be experiencing no significant symptoms of the dental implant.
If you are still experiencing pain, swelling, and discomfort after two weeks, schedule an appointment with Dr. Vinson, to ensure that there are no complications that may affect your oral health.
For most people, it takes around 3-6 months for the dental implant to fully heal and bond with the gum and jaw tissue. This process happens slowly, and you won’t notice any symptoms or issues while your dental implant continues to heal.
After this happens, you will have your crown placed by Dr. Vinson, and the process is complete.
At Advanced Dentistry of Mount Pleasant, Dr. Candice Vinson can help you restore your smile with a permanent dental implant. She specializes in restorations and implant dentistry, and has years of experience in the field.
So don’t wait. Contact us now at (843) 936-1690, or drop by our office at 1149 Oakland Market Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 to get started. We’d love to meet you, and discuss the benefits of implant dentistry in person.