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 So you’re undergoing dental implant surgery and not sure what to expect after? Well you may need to rest up a little after your surgery until any side effects of your anesthetic have gone away. It may take several hours until the numbness wears off and when it does your mouth is likely to feel swollen and sore and you may be in some pain. Usually taking over the counter pain killers will help with any pain.

If you have a general anesthetic, or in other words have been put to sleep during the procedure, then you will need to have someone drive you home. This type of anaesthetic and sedation can have a temporary affect on both your co-ordination and sense of reason, so it is important that you don’t operate machinery, drink alcohol, or sign any legal papers for 24 hours afterwards. Always follow your implant dentist‘s advice, after all he is the expert.

It is also important that you only eat soft food for the remainder of the day, things such as scrambled egg, jelly or yoghurt are ideal. Continue with your normal brushing but avoid direct contact with the implant site. You may be advised by your dentist to use an antiseptic mouthwash daily for the first week after your surgery.

Recovering from implant surgery

If you need pain relief then  you can take over the counter painkillers like ibuprofen or aspirin. Always read the leaflet that comes with the pills so as you know how many you can take, and if you are in any doubt or are taking other medication, ask the advice of your pharmacist.

Your implant dentist may prescribe a course of antibiotics and a mouthwash to reduce the possibility of infection.

The length of time for recovery varies from one individual to another so it is important to take note of what your dentist advises.

Once you are fully recovered your replacement teeth should function in the same way as your natural teeth and you should be able to bite into crunch foods and chew without any problems.

Should you damage the implant it can normally be removed and replaced. If it’s to difficult to remove it, then an implant can be safely left in the jaw and another placed close to it.

As with your natural teeth it is important to brush and floss twice a day and visit your dentist regularly. Dental implants are considerably lower in price than they once were, and if you shop around you can find low cost dental implants that won’t break the bank.