Recovering from Dental Implants

Dental implants can be life-changing for individuals that have lost teeth. They can change the appearance of the face and mouth in positive ways; provide function allowing individuals to eat properly again; and they generally boost self-esteem.

It is, however, important for anyone considering a dental implant procedure to be familiar with the recovery.

Tips for Dental Implant Recovery

  • The procedure is completed under anesthesia. As a result, it is not safe for individuals to drive for at least 4 hours after the implants are inserted.
  • You will need to eat soft foods for about two weeks following the procedure to give your mouth time to heal.
  • Antibiotics are typically prescribed and the complete dose must be taken. Painkillers can also be taken as needed.
  • It is important to avoid heavy physical exertion for a couple of weeks. It is possible to hinder the recovery of the implant if there is tearing or bleeding.
  • Drinking alcohol and smoking can both cause complications. It is necessary to wait at least 2 weeks before resuming these activities.
  • Swelling can be reduced by using ice on the face near the implant.
  • Rinse with a suggested mouthwash daily to keep the area around the implant clean while it's healing. This is particularly important as you should not use a toothbrush around the healing gums.

Dental Implant Appointments

Now that you have an idea of what's involved with dental implant recovery, you may feel prepared to explore your options. Please contact us to setup an appointment to discuss them.


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