You may get a drowsy feeling during the first few hours after the surgery. There is nothing to worry about, though. This feeling is because of the anesthesia that has been given to you during the surgery. This is why we always tell our patients not to drive themselves for surgery. Apart from this, a little blood from your implant area is also expected. Later after one or two hours, you can remove the gauze sponges we fitted during the procedure to not just mop off the small amount of blood but also to keep the implant in place. After removing the gauze, you can now eat something, but here, you must remember to avoid hot food or drink. It in fact, is best if you stick to the soft foods which are either tipid or cold. Another thing that you need to take care of is to avoid using straw.
After 2-4 hours when the effect of anesthesia starts to wear off, you will feel a little pain which is normal and for that we will prescribe medication. For the first 24 hours, it is highly advisable that you don’t move around too much.
During 1 to 3 days of surgery, it is normal if you see some swelling or bruising as it is part of the recovery. For this, we recommend to use cold compresses on the outside of the mouth which will bring down the swelling. After 24 hours, it’s okay for you to switch back to hot food and beverages. However, it is still advised that you avoid hard food. This will ease during the 4-7 days of the surgery . In 14 days you will be almost healed and back to your normal old life. We always call our patients after 3-4 weeks of dental implants to check if everything is where it should be and is it all well. After this, we also call you within the 4th to 6th month of the surgery to make a final fitting of the abutment and the prosthetic crown.
So, clearly, there is no major discomfort that you need to worry about. If you are looking to get more information on dental implants, we will be happy to answer any questions. You can book a consultation with us.