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Dental implants are a revolutionary solution for replacing missing teeth. With their unmatched stability, natural appearance, and longevity, they’ve transformed the smiles of countless individuals. However, the success of dental implants doesn’t end when you leave the dentist’s chair. Proper post-operative care is crucial for ensuring the implant integrates seamlessly with your jawbone and lasts for many years to come.

At Dr. Wayne Suway’s clinic in Marietta, we believe in educating our patients about the post-op care of dental implants. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to care for your new implants and when it’s time to pick up the phone and call Dr. Suway.

Dental Implants: The First Few Days

Here are some things you can expect at home following your dental implant surgery:

  1. Swelling and Discomfort: It’s normal to experience some swelling and discomfort in the days immediately following the procedure. This can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and by applying a cold compress to the affected area. If Dr. Suway prescribes any pain medication, take it as directed.
  2. Diet: Stick to a soft diet to avoid any undue pressure on the implant. Soups, yogurts, mashed potatoes, and similar foods are ideal.
  3. Oral Hygiene: Avoid brushing the surgical site for the first couple of days. Instead, use a prescribed or saltwater rinse to keep the area clean. After a few days, you can gently brush the area with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Dental Implants: The Weeks After

As you continue to heal, you can still expect some symptoms and restrictions even in the weeks after surgery:

  1. Gradual Transition to Regular Diet: As the healing progresses, you can slowly reintroduce harder foods into your diet. However, be cautious and avoid biting directly onto the implant site.
  2. Continue Regular Oral Hygiene: Now more than ever, it’s essential to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen. Regular brushing and flossing will prevent any bacterial buildup that could compromise the success of your implant.
  3. Avoid Strenuous Activities: To promote healing, refrain from intense physical activities or anything that could exert pressure on your facial area.

When to Call Dr. Suway

While some discomfort and swelling are typical after the procedure, it’s vital to be vigilant about any signs that might indicate complications. Here are a few situations when you should immediately contact Dr. Suway’s office in Marietta:

  • Persistent Pain: While some pain is normal, if it doesn’t subside after a week or intensifies despite taking pain relievers, it’s a red flag.
  • Excessive Swelling: A bit of swelling is typical, but if it doesn’t reduce after three days or continues to get worse, it’s essential to reach out.
  • Signs of Infection: Fever, pus, an unpleasant taste, or continuous bleeding are all signs of a potential infection. Early intervention is crucial.
  • Loose or Wobbly Implant: If your implant feels unstable or you notice any movement, contact Dr. Suway immediately. The implant might not be integrating with the bone as it should.
  • Allergic Reactions: While rare, some individuals might be allergic to the materials used in the implant. Symptoms like itching, rash, or hives should prompt an immediate call to the dentist.

Dental implants have an impressive success rate. However, the role of post-operative care cannot be stressed enough. By following the care guidelines and keeping a vigilant eye for any signs of complications, you can ensure the longevity and success of your dental implant.

Remember, Dr. Wayne Suway and his team in Marietta are always here to support you through every step of your dental implant journey. If you’re ever in doubt or experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Your dental health is our top priority.

Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

1820 The Exchange SE Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone: (770) 953-1752


Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Contact Us

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

1820 The Exchange SE Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone: (770) 953-1752

Opening Times:

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

"I strive to provide my patients with quality, personalized dentistry. Because your smile is as unique as you are, I believe in taking the time to find out exactly what you need and what you want to achieve."

— Dr. Wayne Suway