Dental Implants: What to Expect After Surgery
For many patients, dental implants sound great until they start hearing the particulars of surgical placement, recovery, and restoration, but with proper care and pain management following treatment, there’s no reason the dental implant restoration process won’t be comfortable from start to finish. The skilled Kodish-Perez Dental Group team invites you to take a few moments to review our tips for handling everything dental implants throw at you following treatment.
Almost every patient who chooses dental implant tooth replacement also elects to use some form of sedation. Whatever form of sedative we select to ensure your comfort and relaxation throughout treatment will have side effects. Be sure to rest and avoid operating heavy machinery until the effects have worn off.
Once the effects of sedation wear off, patients may feel some pain or discomfort. For the first 48 hours following treatment, we recommend that patients ice the affected parts of their mouth at 20-minute intervals (20 on/20 off) to reduce pain and swelling. Additionally, we recommend using over the counter pain relievers, and in some cases, we may even prescribe more advanced pain relieving medications.
Quick Recovery Diet
For the first 24 hours, patients should consume only liquids to avoid damaging their teeth. While the mouth heals, it’s essential that patients avoid chewing extremely crunchy, sharp, or chewy foods, and keep their diets bland. Until the surgical site is healed, patients should not chew on with the effect part of their smile. Additionally, patients should not eat or drink extremely hot or cold foods and beverages. For more specific dietary specifications, talk to our team during a dental implant consolation, or contact us at any time.
Healing and Regrowth
The number of time patients should plan on for recovery is largely dependent upon the number of implants they receive, but in most cases, patients should expect to feel significantly better after only three or four days. The reason we typically instruct patients to wait several months before applying the replacement tooth or teeth isn’t that it takes this long for the surgical site to heal. The time is necessary for the supportive, alveolar bone to regrow around implant posts providing the necessary support for restoration.
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Contact our talented dentist and team to find out more about dental implants today. We offer a wide variety of tooth replacement and restorative dentistry services to renew even the most damaged smiles. Schedule your dental implant consultation to find out more today. Our friendly team is always happy to help.