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. 

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