Having dental implants placed is a surgical procedure that requires a recovery period to be sure you heal thoroughly. The healing process is vital to the success of an implant procedure. For this reason, you should be sure to take good care of yourself and your mouth after your implant surgery.
Dental Implant Surgery Aftercare
When you have your dental implant surgery, your oral surgeon will talk to you about aftercare. As with any surgery, there are many considerations regarding aftercare to be sure you remain comfortable and to be sure you heal well. Some typical suggestions for successful aftercare include:
- Use cold compresses to reduce swelling
- Eat soft foods
- Take any recommended medications according to instructions
- Rest for a day or two after surgery
- Contact your dentist if you have any unusual symptoms
One of the most common mistakes patients make after surgery is to resume regular activities too soon. Your recovery time will depend upon what kind of implant procedure you had and how many teeth you had replaced, but in most cases you’ll want to take a day or two off work to relax and let your body recuperate. Also, don’t stop taking your medication too early, especially in the case of antibiotics.
Why is Thorough Healing So Important?
With dental implant surgery, it’s very important that you allow enough time, rest, and care to heal thoroughly. Without proper healing, dental implants can fail. This is because the bone must be allowed sufficient time to bond to the titanium root of the implant. Without this bonding process, referred to as osseointegration, the root will not be secure. Your implant will become loose, and when this happens there is no way to fix the problem except to remove the implant and start over.
The same applies to any pre-implant procedures you might need, such as sinus lifting or bone grafts. If, for example, a bone graft is rejected, your oral surgeon at Nova Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery Center will not be able to place the implant. Take your time, take your medication, and you’ll soon be enjoying a new, full smile again.