The placement of mini dental implants requires minor oral surgery. Like with any surgery, you will need time to heal after getting your implants. How much time you will need to heal depends on your overall health and how smoothly the implant procedure goes. More importantly, how fast and how well you heal will depend on how well you take care of your mouth after the procedure.
Here is what you need to know about post-operative care after a mini dental implant procedure.
What to Expect From a Mini Dental Implant Procedure
A dentist will start the implant procedure by opening the gums with a small incision. Once the bone is exposed, the dentist or oral surgeon will place the implant and close the gums. Some people get same-day mini dental implants. In such a scenario, the surgeon will also attach a crown to the implant immediately.
The patient will need some time to heal from the incision and sutures, and proper aftercare goes a long way to speed up the healing. Here are some useful ways to help the implants integrate successfully.
1. Pain Management
Immediately after the procedure, a patient will be numb from the anesthetic administered before the procedure. The dental surgeon will prescribe pain medication for when the numbness wears off. Before the implant placement, the patient should make sure that they have their pain medicine at home. They will be in no condition to run errands after the procedure.
Apart from medication, the patient can manage any discomfort by:
Applying ice to the site of the implant. Ice for 20 minutes, take a 20-minute break and repeat
Keeping the head elevated during sleep
2. Oral Hygiene
The site of the surgery has to be kept clean to speed up healing and avoid infection. This is easily achieved by:
Rinsing the mouth with salt water four times a day
Using alcohol-free oral rinses prescribed by the oral surgeon
Brushing the teeth with an ultra-soft brush three times a day
While the gums heal, a person should stick to soft foods. They should also avoid smoking and straws (the sucking motion can open the wound by removing the blood clot that seals it).
Some people will need a course of antibiotics before and after the implant surgery. A dentist will prescribe antibiotics to patients that are at risk of developing an infection after the procedure.
To keep the sutures intact and the wound closed, a person should stay off their feet for a few days. Rest will also give the body time and energy to repair the gums and integrate the implant into the jawbone.
6. Caring for the Implants
Once healed, a person should take care of their mini implants like they would the rest of their teeth: By brushing twice a day, flossing daily and going for routine dental checkups.
How Long Should It Take to Heal?
For most people, the swelling from the procedure goes down within 48 hours. In five to seven days, the gums should be pretty much healed. That said, a person that got several mini dental implants placed in one appointment may take longer to heal. The same goes for a person who heals slower than usual for any reason.
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