Tips for Healing After Dental Implant Surgery

Do you have any missing teeth and are considering getting dental implants? If that's the case, it's normal to be a bit wary about the process and have lots of questions. You may also want to know what to expect during the healing period and if there's anything you can do to help this process. 

The best you can do is to talk to your Bluffton dentist about all these worries and let them help you understand the process. 

Until then, hopefully, this article will answer some questions about the healing process. 

What You Need to Know About Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a surgical procedure that aims to replace one or several missing teeth, starting with the root and completing it with an artificial tooth. 

Dental implants have the same function and appearance as natural teeth and can successfully restore your smile. Moreover, they are very easy to maintain. Your regular oral hygiene routine is enough to keep your implants clean and healthy. 

Tips for Healing After a Dental Implant

If you are considering dental implants, then you should know that they have a success rate of about 90% to 95%. Part of what makes the surgery successful is how diligent you are about following your dentist's instructions. 

After the surgery, your dentist will give you a set of recommendations you can follow to make sure the healing process goes just as expected. 

The way you care for your implants after surgery will influence the healing process, the speed of your recovery, and how healthy your implants will be.

Keep in mind that you will experience some level of discomfort, soreness, and tenderness after the procedure, and this is perfectly normal. These symptoms will start to go away within a few days.

If not, then it's important to contact your dentist immediately to make sure everything is going well.

With that in mind, here are some tips that will help you take care of your implants after surgery:

  • Start eating when the anesthesia wears off
  • Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and salt within the first 24 hours after the surgery 
  • Brush your teeth when the dentist tells you to as it’s important to keep your mouth clean
  • Avoid hot foods and drinks
  • Eat soft foods
  • Do not use a straw 
  • Do not smoke
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity
  • Use ice packs for the swelling 
  • Use the medication your dentist recommends you

These tips will help you recover faster and in a healthy way.

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