Dental implant surgery can be a quick and painless outpatient procedure. After dental implant surgery, you can expect some discomfort and swelling for a few days. Here are some of the common things that you can expect after dental implant surgery:

Pain: You may experience some pain or discomfort in the implant area, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medication prescribed by your dentist. 

Swelling: You may experience some swelling in the gums and face around the implant site. Apply ice packs to the outside cheek area to help reduce swelling. 

Bleeding: Some bleeding is normal after dental implant surgery, but it should stop within a day or two. If bleeding persists, contact your dentist.

Bruising: It's not unusual to experience some bruising on your cheek area. Don't be alarmed, the bruising will fade in a few days. You should be feeling any pain on the outside of your cheeks, however. 

Dietary restrictions: You may be advised to stick to a soft food diet for the first few days after surgery. Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could put pressure on the implant. Some examples of foods that are safe to eat after a dental implant procedure include:

  • Soup: Choose a low-sodium broth-based soup, such as chicken noodle soup, vegetable soup, or tomato soup.
  • Soft, cooked vegetables: Try steamed or boiled carrots, green beans, or zucchini.
  • Eggs: Cooked eggs are a good source of protein and are easy to eat. 
  • Soft fruits: Choose ripe bananas, peaches, or canned fruits that are packed in water or juice.
  • Smoothies: Blend together fruits and vegetables, milk or yogurt, and ice for a nutritious and easy-to-digest meal. Yogurt on its own is also a healthy snack full of protein. 

Avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods for the first few days after the procedure, as they can put pressure on the implant and cause discomfort. You should also avoid foods that are spicy, acidic, or hot, as they can irritate the gums and delay healing.

Oral hygiene: You should continue to practice good oral hygiene but be gentle around the implant area. Your dentist may recommend a special mouthwash to help prevent infection.

Follow-up appointments: Attend all follow-up appointments so that your dentist can monitor your healing. Your implant will be integrating (bonding) into the jawbone. Your dentist may take X-rays to ensure that is going as expected.  

If you have questions about the dental implant procedure or aftercare, contact a local general dentistry office.