Tips for Recovering After Dental Implants Surgery

Patient Undergoing Dental Procedure

Are you considering dental implants or periodontal surgery? You are potentially choosing a permanent investment in your smile’s health, function, and natural beauty! Reviewing the dental implant treatment process, specifically your recovery after surgery, is always a good idea to help you prepare and know what to expect.

Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, provides the highest standard of surgical care at Anderson Periodontal Wellness, her practice in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Using specialized techniques and advanced technology, she offers minimally invasive dental implant treatment that helps encourage healthier healing and amazing long-term results. Dr. Anderson will provide all necessary post-operative instructions and medication after your surgery. To prepare for your recovery, follow these five tips:


Take Prescribed Medication

Dr. Anderson may prescribe pain medication or antibiotics to take during the first few days after your surgery. These are designed to minimize inflammation and help fight off infection during your recovery. Take all these medications as directed to minimize these potential health risks.

Use Ice Packs

Some bruising and swelling are normal for the first couple of days after your procedure. Directly after you return home, apply an ice pack in 20-minute intervals (resting for 10 minutes in between) for the first 2-3 hours.

Minimize Activity

Especially for the first day or two after your surgery, be sure to let your body rest to jumpstart a healthier recovery. You’ll be able to return to normal daily activities after 24 hours but avoid strenuous exercise for at least 3 days after your procedure.

Watch What You Eat and Drink

Directly after your procedure, you’ll want to eat a small amount of soft food so you can take your medication. Dr. Anderson will determine how long you need to maintain a soft-food diet based on your case. Be sure to avoid hot foods and drinks, and keep your diet as nutritious as possible.

Refrain from Smoking

Studies show that smoking interferes with healing after surgery, so avoid smoking for as long as possible if you cannot completely quit. The first few days after surgery are critical to a healthy recovery, but it is recommended to stop smoking for the next 3 weeks, if not completely.


Schedule Your Consultation

Knowing what to expect can help you make more informed decisions about your oral health. If you want to learn more about dental implants and the treatment process, contact Dr. Anderson in our Office in Bloomfield Hills, MI at (248) 480-4910 today for a consultation.

How Long Can I Expect My Dental Implants to Last?

Dental Implants In Your Bone, Model

If you have missing teeth and are considering dental implants as a tooth replacement option, you’re most likely wondering how long they last. Dental implants have proven to be the best long-term option for missing teeth and a much better alternative to dentures or natural tooth bridges. While there is no guarantee that dental implants last forever, they have consistently maintained a high success rate, with on-going studies showing between 95-98% reliability in a surgical specialists hands. Just as important as expertise of the doctor completing surgery, routine maintenance and lifestyle after treatment are critical factors to long-term success.

Dr. Anderson is a board-certified periodontist with years of specialized training earning her masters in the field and experience in dental implant surgery. Considered an expert in both periodontics and dental implants, she’s the most qualified to provide treatments such as gum disease therapy and bone grafting to restore proper oral health and prepare your mouth for surgery. Using today’s modern and minimally invasive surgical technology, she can better provide successful treatment.


Factors that Influence Dental Implant Success

An important factor in the longevity of dental implants is the quality and volume of bone to provide adequate support for new teeth. Dr. Anderson uses high-quality 3D CBCT imaging technology to accurately evaluate these structures and determine if bone grafting is needed before implant placement. Providing the healthiest and strongest foundation for dental implants better postures their long-term success.

Another influencing factor is gum disease, an infection of the gum tissues that leads to bone loss and exfoliation of the dentition.  As a periodontist, Dr. Anderson is an expert in gum disease and will be able to restore health to your gums and bone before placing dental implants if indicated. Her goal is to set your mouth up for long-term success after dental implant surgery.  By utilizing state-of-the-art technology like 3D guided surgical procedures, Dr. Anderson reaches the highest level of precision and accuracy.

Late failure of dental implants can generally be attributed to the maintenance and lifestyle habits of the patient. Poor oral hygiene and smoking can significantly contribute to risk of implant loss. Home care and routine professional maintenance are critical to ensuring the gums and bone around the dental implant(s) remain as healthy and strong as possible.


Schedule Your Consultation

Interested in talking to Dr. Anderson about dental implants? Contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson for dental implants in our Office in Bloomfield Hills, MI.