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Should I Expect Pain After A Dental Implant? Exploring What’s Normal During Recovery

If you’re considering dental implants in Issaquah from Dr. Alexandra Cristescu, you may be wondering what you can expect during the healing and recovery process. Will your mouth hurt? What level of pain is normal? How long will it take for you to heal?

At Eastside Family Dentistry, we want you to know everything you need to know about what to expect after your implant placement surgery. Read on to get answers to these questions and more.

It’s Normal To Feel Pain And Discomfort After Surgery: Expect It To Peak In 1-3 Days

Dental implant surgery is invasive, and while we use the latest techniques and tools to minimize the trauma to your mouth, it still does involve creating an opening in your sensitive jaw and gum tissue, so some pain and discomfort is completely normal after your treatment.

You won’t feel any pain for a few hours after your appointment, but as the numbing wears off, you may begin to feel discomfort. You can take prescription painkillers, if prescribed by Dr. Cristescu, or take over-the-counter medicine like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Rinsing with salt water and applying ice packs to your cheek can also help with discomfort and pain.

It’s normal to experience pain for about 1-3 days after your surgery. You may also notice bleeding, bruising, and swelling near the implant site. After about 3 days, your pain will usually peak and begin to subside, and your other symptoms should also become less severe.

Make sure you follow Dr. Cristescu’s instructions for recovering after your implant surgery. You will need to eat soft foods, clean the implant properly, and take other steps to ensure that you recover as quickly as possible.

Your Mouth Will Be Mostly Healed About A Week After Surgery

A week or so after your treatment, your mouth will feel a lot better. Your implant site may still feel a bit tender and sore, but it’s usually possible to resume your normal diet, brush the implant site, and resume your normal day-to-day routine. 

By the end of two weeks, your mouth should feel completely normal. There may still be slight tenderness in your tooth, but other symptoms like pain, bleeding, swelling, and bruising should be completely gone.

Between 1-2 weeks after your implant is placed, you’ll come into our office for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Cristescu to check on your healing progress. If you are still experiencing a lot of pain or discomfort, make sure to inform Dr. Cristescu. This is abnormal, and it could mean that you’ve developed a complication such as peri-implantitis (an infection of the implant). 

Get Expert Implant Dentistry In Issaquah From Dr. Alexandra Cristescu

Hopefully, the above guide has given you a little bit more information about what you can expect from the implant placement and recovery process. If you’re interested in permanent smile restoration with dental implants in Issaquah, get in touch with the team at Eastside Family Dentistry for an appointment. You can contact us online or give us a call at (425) 391-9200 to get started.

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