Dental implants are very realistic and natural feeling and allow you to regain your jawbone strength and shape. If you are in Richmond, VA, and having problems with your teeth, whether you have broken a tooth or are having gum problems, dental implant surgery may be the perfect choice for you.
It is important to know that if your jawbone is not thick enough or if it is too soft, you may need to have bone grafting done before you will be able to proceed with the surgery. Specifically, how the surgery is performed and healing time depends on the type of implant that is used and how much grafting takes place. This will be determined this with your dentist beforehand.
After Dental Implant Surgery
It is important to be prepared for what happens after dental implant surgery, just as you would with any other type of procedure. After dental implant oral surgery, whether you have the surgery in one stage or multiple stages you may experience some discomfort.
After the surgery, you may notice that you have swelling of your gums and face. Beyond that, there will be bruising on your skin and gums, because of the pressure applied to your mouth. Another common occurrence after dental implant surgery is pain at the implant site. This is completely normal to experience and you should be able to take over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil.
On occasion, there may be other symptoms dealt with post-surgery. These include stiffness of the jaw muscles or an inability to fully open your mouth. These symptoms are rarer but are completely normal to experience.
If you are dealing with any symptoms that are painful, uncomfortable or believe that something may be wrong, seek dental attention from your doctor. You may be in need of stronger pain medication, and during this time, they will take a look at the implant site to check that everything is okay. The risk of infection from this procedure is very rare but could cause serious complications if left untreated so if you believe you are experiencing more pain than is normal you should definitely seek a medical professional’s opinion.
Schedule your appointment
Searching for the right dentist for your dental implant treatment may take time, but it’s an important step of the process. If you’re considering dental implants, we invite you to meet our experienced and friendly doctors, Dr. Robert B. Steadman and Dr. Grant Steadman, in our Dental office in Richmond, VA! Schedule your first appointment with us today!