How long does swelling last after dental implants?
So, the implantation is over! Anxiety and excitement behind, and now, finally, the patient looks at himself in the mirror. As a rule, a new perfect smile causes a feeling of pride and surprise.
However, you should not relax: in front of you is a rather difficult and responsible period that you need to go through, strictly observing the doctor’s recommendations. Like any surgery, implantation is a traumatic medical procedure to which the body responds with pain, swelling, fever and hemorrhage.
Let’s talk how to cope with these phenomena and survive the post-implantation period as carefully as possible in relation to our health.
All-on-4 implantation implies the installation of four rods in the bone tissue of the jaw. This is a traumatic process during which the immune system is connected.
In the first few hours after All-on-4 implantation, while anesthesia is in effect, you may not be bothered. But already after 3-4 hours (this depends on individual sensitivity to an anesthetic drug and the reactivity of the body), the cheeks and lips begin to swell, pain appears, the temperature rises to 37-37.5 ° C and even small bleeding can begin.
Specialists of our clinic warn patients: unfortunately, the next 3-5 days after implantation of All-on-4, edema will be your constant companion. No need to worry and panic: this is a normal reaction to an injury. This means that the process of implant engraftment has intensified: bone callus forms around them, and soft tissues adapt to a new type of load.
Normally, edema reaches its climax by the third day, and then begins to slowly decrease.
How to alleviate your condition?
So, we agreed that pain and swelling are inevitable. After implantation, our specialists will definitely give recommendations on how to behave in the next two weeks.
If you have such an opportunity, free yourself from work and active actions for the next three days after the operation, spend this time at home, in a relaxed atmosphere.
The first 4-5 hours after installation of the All-on-4 implant is not recommended to chew. Then a moderate load on the prosthesis activates blood circulation in the bone tissue of the jaw and oxygen supply, so that the healing process is faster. It is better to eat moderately, soft food at room temperature until the seams are removed (10-14 days). It is not recommended to drink alcohol for the first 3-5 days and refrain from smoking.
Be sure to take a course of antibiotics that your dentist will prescribe. This is a preventive measure: a large amount of fluid accumulates in the places of implant placement, and blood circulation increases. An infection can easily join the process. This should not be allowed in any case. Broad-spectrum antibiotics improve the engraftment of implants, reduce the risk of rejection and facilitate the course of the postoperative period.
Do I need to drink painkillers? It depends on your individual response to pain. We usually prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to patients in the first three days, which have an analgesic effect. A cold compress on the edema area helps to reduce pain.
Do not forget about hygiene! The prosthesis needs to be cleaned just like teeth, twice a day. First use a brush with soft bristles, be careful with the gums, do not touch the seams.
After cleaning, rinse your mouth with a mild antiseptic solution.
For 10-14 days, physical activity, saunas, baths, pools,
When to start worrying?
As a rule, on 4-6 days, the condition begins to improve slowly. It is important to follow the dynamics: three to four days after the operation, the edema should begin to subside. Of course, this is not an instant process, and its speed depends on many features: age, weight, concomitant diseases, etc.
There is a general rule: if on 7-8 days the edema has not decreased (and even increased), shooting pains have joined, from the wounds a blood tree or pus began to stand out, the temperature has risen to 38 ° C – something went wrong! This is a reason to contact your doctor immediately and start treatment.
Typically, patients who follow the recommendations survive the post-implantation period without complications.