I don’t know if my dentist mislead me or if something went wrong during my dental implant procedure, but I feel like I’ve been battered by a boxer. My dentist said it’s an easy peasy procedure and I’ll be back to work first thing the next morning. I have massive swelling and am in constant pain. Is this okay?
I’m terribly sorry you’re in so much pain. I can’t say that’s okay, but I can say the swelling, though not common, happens often enough to be considered a “normal” side-effect. I’m a little concerned your dentist minimized what you’d go through in order to encourage you to get the dental implants.
While most people do fine, it is surgery. Every person’s body responds differently to being cut into. In general, the worst day of pain should be the second. After that, you should see it go down a little day by day. If it doesn’t, it can indicate an infection is developing and you’d need to call your dentist right away.
Aiding Your Dental Implant Healing
Make sure you follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions. It’s also important you take good care of yourself. I know when you’re feeling poorly it’s likely the last thing you think about, but do try to eat and stay hydrated. Your body needs that so it can focus on healing.
Because you’re in pain, it’s okay to take some pain relief. If your dentist didn’t prescribe any, call and let them know what’s going on. You shouldn’t have to suffer through the healing process.
If you are a smoker, it might be a good idea to cut back during this time period. Smoking increases your risk of gum disease and lowers the blood flow in your gums. Both of those things put you at great risk for infection and dental implant failure.
Again, if you don’t see improvement soon, call your dentist and demand to be examined.
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