I’m worried something is seriously wrong with me after dental implant surgery. The way my dentist represented it, the surgery was an easy outpatient procedure and I’d be back to work the next day. I’m so far from that I’m afraid there are complications. I’m bruised as if I’d been beaten. I was unconscious during the procedure so I’ve no idea what happened. Could this be the start of dental implant failure? I hear that happens sometimes and I don’t want to go through this again.
Dear Mary Ellen,
I’m very sorry you’re suffering so much. The thing is, it’s very hard to know how each person will respond to surgery. I’m a veteran of eight surgeries to my person. Though none were dental, each time has been completely different, even when it was a repeat of the exact same surgery.
To put your mind at ease, bruising is considered a normal side effect of dental implant surgery. Usually, bruising and swelling is at its worst on the second day and you’ll start to feel an improvement on the third day. Things to look out for are worsening pain after the third day and signs of infection. Those would be a fever or some oozing at the implant site.
Speeding Healing After Dental Implant Surgery
First, if you’re a smoker stop (or at least cut back). Smoking drastically increases your chances of both gum disease and infection.
Second, If you were prescribed an antibiotic, make sure you take the full course.
Lastly, it’s important you stay healthy. So make sure you’re staying hydrated as well as keeping your nutrition up. A diet of soft foods is probably easier for you the first few days, but make sure you’re getting some nutrients. If at all possible, exercise. A healthy body speeds healing.
When you’re ready, it will be time for that implant crown. If you’re unhappy with the color of your teeth. The time to change that is before the implant crown is made. Dental work doesn’t respond to the whitening gel, even professional teeth whitening. Getting it done beforehand ensures your crown can be made to exactly match your implant crown.
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