Recovery Tips After Dental Implants
January 1, 2020
Dental implants don’t only transform your smile, but can also provide an increase in confidence that you’ve been looking for. While there’s certainly no denying the amazing results that this type of restorative dentistry can provide, there is also a bit of a recovery period following the procedure. Following the guidelines for recovery may not only ensure that you’re back to your normal self quickly but will also help you avoid any unnecessary issues. Here are a few tips to follow.
What to Expect During the First Days
After surgery, there are a few things that you should expect to experience. Pain, swelling, minimal bleeding, and general discomfort are all part of the process. If you are uncertain about any symptom that you’re feeling, then please don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist.
Immediately following surgery, you shouldn’t feel any pain due to the anesthetic that was used to numb you during surgery. However, your dentist will likely provide some pain mediation and then direct you to rely on Ibuprofen for the next few days as you need it for pain.
Swelling is usually the worst during the first 48 hours after surgery. You can minimize this by applying ice packs to the problem area for 20-30-minute intervals. You may also receive some medication that will reduce swelling.
The most important thing about eating is to make sure that you’re not overdoing it. Pay close attention to your body, and don’t eat hard foods that will cause more pain. Stick to eating softer foods like mashed potatoes, pasta, or Jello until your mouth starts to feel a bit better. Don’t rush this as harder foods can irritate the surgical site and lead to more swelling and bleeding.
You’ll want to be sure that you’re rinsing out your mouth, but be very careful about brushing or flossing during this time. Saltwater can gently cleanse the mouth of debris, and you’ll want to be incredibly careful not to damage the incision site.
Some patients feel nauseated following the procedure. If you happen to feel this way, ask your surgeon about any medications that may help. Sometimes, eating foods can help relieve some of the nauseated feelings. Just keep in mind the tips about the foods mentioned above.
The most critical step following any surgical procedure is to make sure that you’re allowing yourself plenty of rest. This is when the body does the most natural healing. You may want to get help from family and friends to do tasks that you can avoid. Allow yourself at least a couple of days to managing the initial discomfort before trying to return to normal activities.
Transforming your smile with dental implants is certainly an exciting process. We just want to be sure that the recovery is as best as possible for you! For more information, or to learn if you’re a candidate for dental implants, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Contact our office today to learn more.