How to Speed Up Your Recovery After Getting Dental Implants

Dental Implants
When you get dental implants there is a natural recovery process that must take place.  The reason that dental implants are so effective is that a metal post is implanted under the surface of the gums and secured to the jawbone. This is how a new root system is created.  Over the course of several months, the process of osseointegration takes place, and the metal post and bone will actually fuse together.  The result is a new root system that is just as strong as a natural one.  
Since the post is implanted under the gums, there is a surgical element to the procedure.  While necessary for creating the durability of implants, there will be a few weeks where your gums feel sore.  For the first week, it is important to protect the implants from moving.  This requires taking precautionary steps and following these tips for a speedy recovery. 
  • Get lots of rest.  It is important to rest after having any type of procedure performed.  It will take time for your gums to heal from getting dental implants and the first couple of days can be challenging so take a few days off of work, stock up on movies, and spend some time resting at home. 
  • Stop the bleeding.  Your gums may bleed for the first 24 hours.  In order to stop them, use gauze or apply a moist tea bag to the area. 
  • Apply cold.  A cold compress or ice can be used on your face and jaw in order to reduce the swelling.  This will help you to feel more comfortable, but you should only use ice for fifteen minutes at a time. 
  • Eat soft foods.  Avoid any foods that are hard or have crumbs.  Instead, eat soft things like yogurt, rice, soup, and steamed veggies.  This is especially important during the first week and after your checkup we will let you know if there is anything you should continue to avoid based on how your gums are healing. 
  • Take medication.  We will prescribe you pain medication that should be taken as directed.  This will help you to feel comfortable during those first couple of days after the procedure. 
  • Limit your activity.  When you are headed back to work and your normal activities, avoid anything that could harm your mouth.  For example, playing sports, running, or wrestling with the kids should be avoided until you are cleared by the dentist. 
Dental implants are one of the best ways to replace a missing tooth because of how durable they are.  In order for the procedure to work, the metal posts need to be given the opportunity to stay in place and fuse with the jawbone.  Limited activity and eating soft foods are part of the steps necessary for ensuring that they don’t get pulled or pushed out of place.  Your gums will heal, and any discomfort will go away.  Once the healing and osseointegration process are complete, the new synthetic tooth will be attached, and you will be able to play whatever sports you like and eat all of your favorite foods without worry. 

Recent Posts

Dental Implants Are Growing In Popularity

To say that dental implants are popular would be an understatement. There are already 3 million fully satisfied patients who have gotten dental implants and gone on to change their entire standard of living. This is largely due to the access people have to information, and the need that most modern patients have for a…

The Success Rates Of Dental Implants

Our missing teeth solutions include dental implants. At Great Neck Dental Arts - Dr. Jeffrey L. Rubin DMD, we know implants are the most durable tooth replacement solution because they allow us to replace both the root and natural tooth. If you live in the Great Neck, NY area, we encourage you to visit our…

How A Dental Implant Is The Future Of Dentistry

To say that dental implants are the future of dental prosthetics is not a stretch. The technology has advanced so much that it is now head and shoulders above any other device currently being used. The difference is very apparent when you take a look at how these devices are installed, and how they are…

Learn How Dental Implants Are Strengthened By Technology

The idea of dental implants has been around for a very long time. It would be safe to say that humanity has always viewed lost teeth as an annoyance and had a desire to replace them with something substantial. Ancient doctors used bone, metal, and shells to craft replacement teeth that would be the equivalent…


Recent Posts

How Long Do Lumineers Last?

How Long Do Lumineers Last?

Lumineers have become more and more popular as a way to restore a damaged tooth. They are a kind of dental veneers that have grown in popularity in the dental industry. While they do offer the same end goal as traditional dental veneers do, they execute this in a different way.Traditional dental veneers require resurfacing…

Pros And Cons Of Lumineers

Pros And Cons Of Lumineers

Most people may not be aware of dental Lumineers because they are newer to the dental industry. However, they are said to be an effective treatment method. Lumineers are a brand of porcelain dental veneers that don’t require a lot of reshaping to the natural tooth.As many people know, typical dental veneers require reshaping and…