Dental Implants - Part 2

We have tried our best at answering a few potential queries that you may have on dental implants in our previous article. But implant dentistry as a subject is vast and the questions are never-ending. Here, in today's article, we have tried to answer a few other questions that may crop up.


What precautions should I take after the surgery?

Do not eat or bite anything from the side treatment has been performed. It is anesthetized and you may not realize that you have traumatized your cheek tissues.

Avoid having hot, spicy and hard food items.

Have cold and bland food for a day or two after the surgery. It does not irritate the healing tissues.

Place an ice pack for one hour as soon as the surgery is over. This will reduce the amount of swelling to be expected.

Take the medications prescribed to you on time.

Saltwater rinses and mouthwashes as prescribed will help to reduce the swelling.

Avoid spitting or using a straw.

Do not worry if the pain persists. It will come down in 3-5 days.

Visit your dentist for follow-ups regularly.


How long will it be before I get a cap over my implant?

It takes approximately 4-6 months for the implant screw to integrate with the bone. In a two-stage procedure, the cap will be given to you once the implant is completely integrated with the bone. But in a one stage procedure, which is performed sometimes, the cap is given immediately. Your dentist will recommend the treatment which is suitable for you.


What is a sinus lift? When does a doctor advise sinus lift along with implant surgery?

There are air spaces present in many areas within the face that helps to make the head feel lighter. One such space is present within the cheekbone and is called maxillary sinus.

On the inside, the maxillary sinus is very close to the upper back teeth. Sometimes, when an implant for such teeth is planned, the height may not be sufficient to place it. This generally happens because of the proximity to the sinus. In such cases, the sinus is lifted to make space for the implant that has to be placed. This surgery is called a sinus lift.

About the author:

Dr. Paresh Lotlekar is the Founder and CEO at Studio32 Dental Care Pvt. Ltd. He has completed his BDS from Goa Dental College and Hospital and MDS from the prestigious KLE University, Belgaum. He offers passionate insight and smart advice on oral health and wellness through his blogs. Connect with him at

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  1. It is easy to understand why a lot of clinicians do not have an established protocol. The placement of dental implants became exceedingly common since the early, however knowledge regarding proper care and maintenance has not. There are no established guidelines regarding instrumentation, record taking, or frequency. Most doctors and hygienists are confused about if we should even probe them, and with what? As a periodontist, I am often asked these questions and have sought to establish guidelines based on available research to establish an effect preventive implant maintenance program.

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