I think something went wrong during my implant surgery but my dentist is acting like everything was normal. During my consultation, he made it sound like this would be easy and I would be back to work the next day. It has been nothing like that. I feel and look like I’ve been beaten up. My jaw is bruised and swollen and I’m bleeding. I’m worried something bad happened and he doesn’t want to fess up. Is there a way to know?
Well, I’m going to start out with some good news to put your mind at ease. First, you haven’t been physically attacked, though your body has been through trauma. Second, what you’re currently experiencing is considered normal side effects of the dental implant procedure. However, that doesn’t make what you’re dealing with any easier.
It wasn’t fair of your dentist to say you could be back at work the next day. Not only is that unrealistic after any surgery, every patient’s body is different and responds to medical procedures differently. There was no way for him to know how you’d do.
Generally, the second day after the procedure is the worst. You should start to see some improvement by the third day. By better, I don’t mean you feel like your old self, but you should start to see some improvement. For some people, it takes up to two weeks to feel themselves.
How to Know if Your Dental Implant Procedure Went Wonky
The road to improvement goes backward. If instead of feeling better after the third day you start to feel worse, that’s a sign something is wrong.
Signs of Infection. This would include fever and any type of oozing at the implant site. While some bleeding is normal directly after surgery, it should stop after the first couple of days.
If any of these things occur, you need to see your dentist right away. They should fit you in for an emergency appointment. Infection is the leading cause of dental implant failure so you want to be proactive and get it dealt with quickly.
Raising Your Chances For Successful Dental Implants
There are things which can positively affect the outcome of your procedure. The first is to be certain you take all the antibiotics your dentist gave you on schedule. This decreases your chance of infection. If you’re a smoker, it’s vitally important you at least cut back. Ideally, you’d want to quit smoking but I do understand that isn’t something easily done.
There is a real reason to try. Smoking reduces your blood flow which reduces your chances for healing and increases the chances of infection and developing gum disease, both of which can derail your implants.
Finally, make sure you eat and stay hydrated. I know you’re not feeling your best, but your body needs the energy and nutrition to aid your healing.
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