Dental implants are a great way to improve your smile and quality of life by replacing missing or damaged teeth. Before getting any medical or dental procedure, you should be sure to do your research into what the process involves. That includes the recovery period and ways to make it more successful and comfortable.
Healing Takes Time
You may be surprised to learn that the healing period for dental implant surgery can be up to nine months. During this time osseointegration (fusion of the implants with the jawbone and gum tissue) will take place. Once the implant has merged with the natural tissues, it will then be strong enough to support dentures, a bridge or an individual crown.
Take Your Medicine
Your dentist will prescribe you medication after your treatment which will ease your pain and discomfort. Follow your dentist's and pharmacist's instructions, as some medications may also promote and enhance healing.
Eat Soft Foods
Avoiding foods with hard crumbs, like croutons, is essential because they can get caught in gaps or sutures. Foods that are soft and require little chewing are ideal. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about what you should or should not eat while healing.
Rest and Relaxation
You may think that having a procedure performed in your mouth won't impact your ability to participate in day-to-day activities, but this is not always the case. After your surgery, you'll need to get lots of rest and not push yourself. You will also need to avoid certain types of strenuous physical activity.
If you are a smoker this one may be especially difficult, but smoking and/or using tobacco products will delay the healing process and increase the risk of treatment failure. If there was ever a good time for you to quit smoking, having dental implant surgery is that time.
Stay Cool to Reduce Swelling
You can use a cold compress such as an ice pack to help ease bruising and swelling which takes place in the early days and weeks after your oral surgery. You can manage your swelling or bruising and even reduce pain and discomfort by using this method.
Follow Up With ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry
After your dental implant surgery, you will have a series of follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure everything is going smoothly. It is important not to miss any appointments as they are scheduled for a specific reason.
To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, contact ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry today.