Dental Implant Surgery
The decision to invest in dental implants can be one of the most important choices a person can make when it comes to their oral health. While it can be a significant financial commitment, dental implant surgery boasts a 97% success rate. This is a surgery that can provide patients with a renowned sense of self esteem and confidence, and we owe it to ourselves to have a happy and healthy social life. However, as the case with most surgeries, there is a recovery process that must be followed closely following this procedure. Here are some of the ways you can ensure that your recovery will be as smooth and swift as possible.
Pain and swelling can be a common side effect following dental implant surgery. As the case with most operations, the sensitive area will be in need of special care. To lessen the amount of pain and swelling, one should avoid any contact with the operated area. Generally, swelling should subside after roughly 48 hours. To further assist the recovery, it’s recommended to apply ice on the outside of the area where the new tooth is by using the 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off method.
It is important to avoid vigorous sucking or spitting. Drinking from straws should be put on hold until the repaired area is fully healed as this may promote bleeding from the gums. Smoking is also prohibited for at least 2-3 days because of the threat of infection. It is still possible to brush your teeth following the day of surgery, as long as the surgically repaired area is left alone. Brush carefully so not to disrupt the healing process. Physical activity should be kept to a minimum following the first few days after surgery as well.
Eating After Surgery
One of the biggest challenges when it comes to recovering from surgery is the ability to eat. It is recommended to consume soft, healthy foods that won’t disrupt the healing process. A nutritious diet has been proven to quicken the healing process and lessen the amount of pain experienced. Scrambled eggs, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and fruit smoothies (without a straw) are all strong choices for meals when recovering from dental implant surgery. In some cases, it can take almost two weeks until a patient can resume normal eating habits. Chips, popcorn, and nuts should be avoided until pain has completely gone away.
Dr. Larson wants to assure you that you’ve made the right choice when deciding to get your dental implants done with him. These are just some of the things you’ll expect following dental implant surgery. Any other questions or concerns will be answered simply by contacting our office!