Dental implants, titanium posts that are placed within your jawbone, are an excellent option for restoring missing teeth. The process of getting dental implants typically takes a few appointments over the span of several months, and since the strength of dental implants comes from their fusion with the jawbone, proper healing from this surgery is absolutely essential. Here are some tips for a speedy and well-healed recovery!
One of the best ways to promote a speedy recovery is to properly prepare for dental implant placement. Get ready for your procedure by:
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Avoiding smoking or drinking excessively
- Maintain your oral health! Brush twice a day and floss once a day!
- Arrange for someone to drive you to and from your procedure
- Plan to take some time off work so you can really focus on resting and recovering
- Pick up post-surgical prescriptions, gauze, cold compresses, and any other supplies
- Ask for a recovery timeline
Getting ready before your dental implant surgery can make a huge difference in the recovery afterwards!
Recovery Time Factors
Recovery time for the dental implants procedure depends on several factors. While each patient’s case is slightly different, these following factors are the main contributors to healing time:
- The number of implants: Having a single implant may take less recovery time than multiple implant placement.
- Whether or not you require preparatory procedures such as bone grafting
- Your oral and overall health: the healthier you are, the easier it will be for you to heal quickly.
Your oral surgeon will explain your unique estimated recovery time based on these and other factors at your initial consultation.
After Your Surgery
After the procedure, the healing process can be sped up through:
- Biting down on gauze to staunch the bleeding
Avoiding any activity that could put pressure on your mouth
Taking proper prescribed medication
Eating soft foods and avoiding chewing near the treatment area
Rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater between meals
Using a cold compress to reduce swelling
Gently retaining oral health routines like brushing and flossing
Following these guidelines, you will be able to heal comfortably and successfully!
To learn more about this treatment, or schedule a consultation, call 805-967-5017 and come see us at Silvia Erickson, D.D.S. today!