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After Dental Implant Surgery: Tips for recovery

On July 23, 2018 dental implants surgery

At Third Street Dental, we give you back the confidence to eat, speak and laugh.

Dental implant surgery can refer to one or more titanium implants, resembling screws, inserted into the jawbone to act as a root for artificial teeth. In a healthy mouth, the roots of a tooth will signal a ‘chewing motion’ to the jaw. If these signals are missing, due to a lost tooth, the jaw will start to disintegrate. The oral surgery can sound daunting, but our talented dentists at Third Street Dental are competent in conducting a pain-free and comfortable procedure.

After the oral surgery, be sure to inform your dentist of any pain or discomfort you are experiencing before you leave the surgery. Consult with your dentist before taking pain medication. Aspirin, found in some pain relief, is known to increase the risk of bleeding. You may also want to use ice packs on your cheeks to numb the pain and reduce swelling, which can last for up to 3 days after the oral surgery.

Dental implant surgery is not an excuse to avoid practicing adequate dental hygiene. Maintaining careful and proper oral hygiene is imperative to the success of your dental implants. Be careful with brushing, using gentle strokes to clean your teeth until you are fully healed.

Rinse with salt water 24 hours after oral surgery. Bring water to the boil before letting it cool a little, so that it doesn’t burn. Add salt and swish around your mouth for 20 seconds, repeating the process 2 or 3 times. The warm salt water will draw out any infection after oral surgery, killing germs and helping to speed up the healing process. Best of all, it is likely you will have the ingredients in your kitchen already!

Eat well. A good diet will help to build your immune system, which will be so important when your gums are open to infection. You need to give your body the nourishment it deserves following the oral surgery. Eating properly will ensure your body has the energy and nutrients that it needs to heal. If you are hesitant to eat, try soups or smoothies that are high in protein, vitamins, and calcium. Adding certain spices to your meals can also help to reduce inflammation and fight bacteria. Turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and ginger are all known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Avoid hot food and beverages. They can lead to swelling and bleeding.

It is important not to smoke, as the limited oxygen supply that occurs from smoking will delay the healing process. It can also lead to dry sockets, a painful condition where the blood clot that usually fills the wound, fails to develop. Alcohol can also lead to delayed healing, and it may increase your chances of damaging the dental implants before they heal.
Rest. Use your recovery time after the dental implant surgery to relax and recuperate. Your body needs to focus it’s healing energy on your gums, so don’t wear yourself out by running errands or hitting the gym too soon. Just relax!

Finally, remember to attend your follow-up appointments. Consistent check-ups with your North Vancouver dentist can help to foresee possible complications and prevent further deterioration. Come back and show us your beautiful smile.