Dental Implant Surgery
The decision to invest in dental implants can be one of the most important decisions a person can make when it comes to their oral health. While it is 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. Here are some tips that will ensure recovery time will be as 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. 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 to quicken the recovery time.
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 of surgery as well. Thankfully, if instructions are followed, a return to regular activities is possible within a few days.
Eating After Surgery
Consuming food will become a struggle for those who are freshly out of surgery. It is recommended to consume soft, healthy foods that will not disrupt the healing process. A nutritious diet will 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. It can take almost two weeks until a patient can resume normal eating habits for some patients. Chips, popcorn, and nuts should be avoided until pain has completely diminished.
Dr. Kontos wants to assure you that you’ve made the right choice when deciding to get your dental implants done with him. He and his team are ready and willing to guide any patient to the smoothest path to recovery possible. These are just some of the things you’ll expect following dental implant surgery. Other questions or concerns will be answered simply by contacting our office!
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Tarpon Springs, FL
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