7 Tips for Recovery from Dental Implant Surgery
It is no secret that Americans really care about how their teeth look and maintaining their healthy smiles. There are at least 15 million people around the United States who have either bridges or dental implants in the place of missing teeth. More and more people are visiting cosmetic dentists to help with a host of dental issues. If you are going to an implant dentist, you should know that this is one of the best ways to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are thought to be at least 98% effective and are the closest thing you can get to a real tooth to replace what you have lost.
Here are some tips from cosmetic dentists to make your post oral surgery experience better:
- Leave the area alone. For at least the first few days, the area around your dental implant will be sore and not all that happy. You should chew on the other side of your mouth and do not brush too vigorously. The more you can leave that area alone, the better.
- You still need to follow your oral hygiene routine. You should brush your teeth the night of your oral surgery, just be really careful around the area where you had the work done. Within about one day, if you do not have too much bleeding, you can use a saltwater rinse. You need to take about eight ounces of water and stir in one tablespoon of table salt. You should do this after all of your meals.
- Rest after surgery. While most cosmetic dentists and others, consider this to be a minor procedure, oral surgery is surgery. You should plan to rest and relax for a few days. Your body needs to heal and you may be tired. This is especially true for the first day as the anesthesia works its way out of your system. You should put off going to the gym or doing anything too strenuous for a few days because it can cause an increase in bleeding.
- Watch for bleeding. While a little bleeding is normal after any kind of oral surgery, a lot of bleeding may be the sign of a problem. It is recommended that you apply ice or cold packs to your cheeks and sit upright for a bit if you are experiencing more bleeding than you think is normal. Some people find relief when they use a cool but moist tea bag and there are substances in tea that encourage blood clotting. If you are really concerned about it, you should call your dental office.
- You may experience some swelling after the dental implant surgery. This is normal and will reach its peak about two to three days post op. You can use an ice pack, cold pack or frozen veggies. Never apply this directly to your skin. You should always wrap it in a towel or cloth. You should keep it on for about 10 to 15 minutes and can reapply throughout the day. This may be accompanied by some bruising, again that is totally normal and not something to be worried about.
- You may have some discomfort. One of the more unfortunate side effects of this kind of surgery is that patients can experience some pain or discomfort afterwards. Most of the time, cosmetic dentists will prescribe some pain medication to help patients but over the counter drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, can also work really well on this kind of pain. The good news is that this is not a long term problem. Within a few days, it should go away.
- Be careful with what you eat. You want to eat healthy foods before and after your surgery. You may want to stick to dishes that are softer and easier to chew. You also should stay away from really hot foods or and do not use a straw for at least the first three days following your procedure. Other things you should stay away from are any foods that might get stuck such as seeds, nuts, popcorn and rice.
Dental implants will make your smile look better and keep your jaw in good shape. These tips will help with your recovery.