What to Expect After Dental Implant Surgery?


Dental implants provide a realistic and natural looking way to replace a damaged tooth or multiple teeth. The process replaces the damaged tooth with a titanium implant inserted into the jawbone helping it to regain its strength and shape. If you are currently experiencing pain or problems with your teeth and live in the Charleston or Mount Pleasant, SC area, we may be able to solve the issues you are experiencing through dental implant surgery.

Dental implants can renew your smile and improve your oral health. However, it requires minor dental surgery that requires a short period of recovery. Before considering dental implants, your dentist may need to address other issues such as periodontal disease or bone loss in the area where the implants will be placed.  For this reason, it is important to select an implant dentist with the years of experience and broad range of skills to address these concerns.

Key Takeaways

  • Dental Implants can restore your smile or create a new smile you will be truly proud of.
  • Dental implants require minor dental surgery and a short recovery and healing period.
  • It is important to address any other underlying dental conditions prior to undergoing dental implant surgery.
  • Dental implants can address the loss of a single tooth or replace a full arch of teeth depending on your needs.
  • With proper oral care and maintenance, dental implants can provide a lifetime of use, enhancing your smile and delivering improved function.
What to Expect After Dental Implant Surgery?

What Happens After Dental Implant Surgery?

As with any other procedure, it is important to understand the healing process.

Your recovery will depend on whether the doctor chooses one stage or multi-stage process for your implants. When you have one or more damaged teeth, your jawbone may be too soft or too thin to place an implant without a bone graft prior to the procedure. If the doctor needs to include grafting as part of the surgery, it will require a multi-step process and impact the healing time necessary.

What Are the Most Common Side Affects After Dental Implant Surgery?

Regardless of the type of procedure, you can expect to experience some general discomfort during the initial recovery. The surgery requires the doctor to apply pressure to your mouth and face, which can cause swelling and bruises on your gums and face for the first few days. It is also common to experience pain that can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Aleve.

More severe symptoms, but also common experiences, can include stiffness of the jaw or the inability to open your mouth entirely. If you find the pain level requires more than over-the-counter pain relievers, have a fever, or other signs of infection, contact your doctor immediately. While infections are rare, they can cause serious complications if left untreated.



  • Are teeth implants painful?

    Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace one or more missing teeth.  The procedure is usually performed under general anesthetic with an associated local anesthetic to completely numb the jaw.  After you awaken form the surgery and the local numbing agent wears off, you may experience mild pain and bruising for several days which is usually controlled well will over the counter pain medication.  After you have healed form the surgery, you should no longer experience any pain.

  • Do you need antibiotics after dental implant?

    While not mandatory, prophylactic antibiotic treatment helps improve the long-term survival and success rates of dental implants and is helpful in reducing the incidence of postoperative infection after dental implant surgery.

  • What is the failure rate for dental implants?

    Advances in dental implant technology make dental implants one of the most reliable and effective procedures to address missing teeth.  Dental implants fail in roughly 5% of cases and failure can result from many different issues; shortly after the procedure or years later.  With proper care and maintenance, a typical dental implant should last 25 years or more.

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If you are ready to explore ways to rejuvenate your smile, or you just need a cleaning and x-rays, call today for a free consultation or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Kevin Hogan graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has over 40 years of experience. He completed continuing education at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a world-renowned comprehensive and aesthetic dentistry center. He has also finished extensive coursework with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and lectured at both North Carolina and Emory University.

He is known for his artistic skill, professionalism, and ability to find the right solution for an array of dental challenges. Dr. Kevin Hogan is a cosmetic and restorative dentist serving patients in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina and the greater Charleston, SC areas.

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