During the healing period
Some swelling or bruising may occur in the area around the implant in the first 72 hours. This is perfectly normal and can be minimised by applying a small ice pack to the area for 10 minutes every hour.
Remember to use the mouthwash your dentist has recommended three to four times a day, which will help with the healing process. If your dentist has given you antibiotics, you must remember to take them.
After three days, any swelling should have gone down and the area around the implant should be well on the way to healing. If you’ve had any stitches, your dentist will schedule an appointment with you to have them removed about seven to 10 days after your implant has been placed.
You’ll then need to wait for your implant to bond with your jawbone before you have your permanent tooth or teeth fitted. This could take between four and eight months, but will vary from person to person. You’ll need to attend regular check-ups to make sure your implant is healing well.