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What Symptoms Will I have After Dental Implant Surgery?

When it comes to seeking treatment for dental implants in Richmond, one of the concerns that people have is “how will they feel post surgery?” The truth is that every individual responds differently after a surgical procedure, but as a guide we would suggest that a straight-forward implant treatment is less-traumatic than most tooth extractions. That said there are symptoms associated with the implant procedure and it’s likely that whilst some less fortunate patients may get all of the symptoms, others will experience none. So what can you expect?

Facial swelling

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To a certain extent swelling follows nearly every surgical procedure and dental implants are no exception. In reality it’s just nature’s way of beginning the healing process. It’s normally at its most noticeable by the 2nd or 3rd day following the procedure, but tends to diminish after about the 5th-6th day. If you notice facial swelling around the jaw then a course of anti-inflammatories, coupled with a culmination of hot and cold compresses is likely to keep the swelling at bay.

Slight stiffness

Stiffness in the jaw bone is common-place and again is nature’s way of dealing with it. It usually disappears by the 5th or 6th day and warm mouth washes and a heat pad applied for ten to fifteen minutes, 4-5 times a day will help the process. However a word of warning…. don’t apply anything hot to the mouth or face within 24 hours of surgery as you could be doing more harm than good.

Changing sensations

It may be the case that your surgery for dental implants in Richmond was in close proximity to a nerve (particularly in the lower jaw area). On some occasions nerves may first have to be re-routed. Typically though, any changing sensations to the tip of the tongue, gums and teeth, and/or the corner of the lip return to normal after a few weeks.

What about sinus augmentation or sinus lifts?

If you’ve had to have one or both of these procedures as part of your dental implant treatment then slight nosebleeds are common, but these generally cease after a couple of days. Avoid forcefully blowing your nose for up to two weeks after, as it can cause nasal problems.

If you do decide to proceed with dental implants in Richmond, then you’ll be pleased to know that most people are pretty much back to normal within 2-3 weeks and some within just a few days. With all surgical procedures, the key to a quick recovery is plenty of rest. Contact Sheen Dental on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at if you want to find out more about how dental implants can enhance your life and bring back that all-important smile.


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