Placing dental implants, abutments, bridges, and crowns can require multiple surgeries which can cause pain and discomfort. The first surgery prepares the jaw bone for the implant placement and requires the dentist to drill into your jawbone. The second surgery will involve placing the abutment or bridge on top of the implant. In some cases this can be done simultaneously with the placing of the dental implant, but not always. The third and final surgery involves placing the dental crown atop the abutment or bridge.
Starting the Recovery Process
Once the first surgery is complete, recovery time is necessary to allow the gums to grow around the implant and help stabilize it. During this recovery process it is important not to disturb the area around the implant. It is important to keep the area clean, however, requiring you to be extremely careful when cleaning your mouth.
You should not skip meals, despite the discomfort that may accompany chewing, but avoiding foods like popcorn, seeds, and nuts can help keep the surgically repaired area clean and will help prevent food from getting lodged in the hole. Rinse your mouth after every meal to help avoid this problem.
After Crown Installation
Once the dental crown has been installed, more recovery time is needed to ensure the tooth is secure. Usually the first few days after surgery is the most uncomfortable for patients and the gums can even become bruised and discolored as a result of the surgery. Small pieces of bone may also slip out of the implants cavity, although this is normal it may cause additional discomfort for the patient. If the pain is too much to handle, call Dr. Pryor and set up an appointment to help reduce the discomfort.
Practicing Good Dental Hygiene After Surgery
Remember it is important to continue brushing and flossing your teeth during the dental implant recovery process. This will help keep the mouth and implant clean while also preventing bacteria from causing an infection.
If you have any questions about the dental implant recovery process or any of our other dental care services, you can contact our Van Buren, MO office here or call us at 573.323.4287 to make an appointment with Dr. Pryor.