Tips for Reducing Pain after Dental Implant Surgery By Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S. on April 17, 2020

Computer illustration shows dental implant about to enter human jawboneFollowing tooth loss, dental implants restore your smile and confidence. If you are looking for a permanent solution to missing teeth, Dr. Thomas Zarger will spend plenty of time to explain important aspects of the safe and effective procedure.

Following your dental implant placement at Dr. Zarger’s Knoxville, TN, dental practice, you will begin the recovery phase. Dr. Zarger will give you recommendations on how to manage pain dental implant surgery. Our office also serves nearby Maryville, TN, and Oak Ridge, TN.

What to Expect after Surgery and Tips for Managing Pain

Under the skilled hands of Dr. Zarger, you will have very little risk of experiencing complications following your dental implant placement in Knoxville. Minor side effects should be expected, and discomfort is one of the most common side effects.

Immediately after Surgery

After surgery, local anesthesia will continue to numb the surgical site. The numbing effects of anesthesia will begin to wear off in the hours following surgery. Any pain or discomfort that is experienced will be most noticeable during the first few days after surgery.

The degree of discomfort will depend on your pain tolerance and how complex your restorative procedure was. Having one dental implant placed will not be as uncomfortable as have multiple implants surgically placed.

Dr. Zarger will provide you with recovery guidelines that include advice on over-the-counter medications that can be used to manage pain. Be sure to begin taking pain medications as directed. Waiting too long after surgery can leave a lapse between the local anesthesia wearing off and the time it takes for pain medications to take effect.

Pain Medication Guidelines

Many patients can manage post-operative pain using non-prescription medication. If you have a low pain threshold or concerns about comfort, Dr. Zarger will explore other pain management options. Your recommended pain medication will likely be Aspirin-free because Aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding.

Motrin® or Advil® are typically taken every six to eight hours. One benefit of ibuprofen is that it also acts as an anti-inflammatory. Some patients cannot take ibuprofen and may need to take Tylenol®, which is typically taken every four hours.

If you are prescribed hydrocodone or another prescription pain reliever, do not operate machinery, drive, or consume alcohol while under the effects of those medications.

The Weeks after Surgery

It is not uncommon to experience mild discomfort throughout the first week of recovery. Continue following your recovery guidelines and let our office know if you experience a significant spike in pain, which may be a sign of a complication. If your pain persists well past one week, let our office know.

Tips for Reducing Pain

Beyond following your recovery guidelines, our Knoxville patients can reduce post-surgical pain by following these tips.

  • Stick to soft foods for the first few days after surgery
  • Don’t strain your body until you have adequately healed
  • Cut out alcohol and tobacco throughout your recovery
  • Maintain oral hygiene habits and avoid brushing for one day after surgery
  • Apply icepacks to control swelling
  • Notify our office with any questions and concerns that you have

Restore Your Smile and Confidence with Dental Implants

Dental implants deliver unparalleled stability and restore natural oral function. By following the advice in this blog post and following your recovery guidelines, you can minimize discomfort following your oral surgery. To schedule your dental implant consultation, contact our office online or call (865) 693-7631.

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