If you’re currently missing teeth, you might be looking for a way to completely transform your smile in a permanent manner. Implants have become the go-to option for patients wanting to fill in their smile and replace missing dentition. Because implants can easily last for multiple decades, more and more patients have chosen it for themselves and are thrilled with what it can do for them.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made of titanium and are surgically placed into the jawbone. Over time, the implant itself will fuse with the jawbone and become a relatively permanent part of your smile. The procedure to place the actual implant is easy, quick and straightforward. Most patients are good candidates for implants because of how easy the restoration is to place.
Is Swelling Normal After Implant Placement?
As with most other oral surgeries, swelling is completely normal after having implants placed. The swelling is typically caused by the incision that is made through the gums. It is your body’s natural response to have an incision made. The swelling should subside in a few days, but if you notice that it’s been weeks and you’re still dealing with some slight swelling, it is time for you to come in for a checkup appointment. Swelling could be a signal that there is an infection or abscess present, especially if it’s been over two to three weeks since the implant was placed. However, it is completely normal to have swelling for up to a week or two after the implant has been initially placed inside the mouth.
How to Minimize Post-Surgical Symptoms
The best way for you to minimize any swelling and prevent future problems is to keep your mouth clean. Always follow all post-surgical instructions and use any medications or oral rinses that are provided to you. This can help to minimize the amount of bacteria in the mouth, which can help the gums to heal naturally without any complications. If you are noticing a problem or are dealing with pain and swelling weeks after the surgery was done, it is important to be seen by an expert to rule out any problems or issues with infection.
If you would like to learn more about implants and the process to place them, call us today so that we can get you in for an appointment as soon as feasibly possible.