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Dental Implants: Three Essential Post-Surgery Care Tips to Remember

By Gerald Regni, DMD on August 26, 2015

Those who have been unable to smile confidently due to lost or missing teeth are now able to do so with ease, thanks to dental implants that offer the best natural teeth replacements. Philadelphia residents who may have been too shy or self-conscious due to their imperfect teeth can smile again because of this dental procedure. If you have been feeling the same way for a long time, you won’t have to hide your smile anymore.

Dental Implants Three Essential Post-Surgery Care Tips to Remember

Just like normal teeth, however, dental implants also require proper care. After your surgery, you need to practice proper oral hygiene to help speed up the healing process and get back to using your teeth as you normally would. Here are three significant tips to follow after the first two weeks of receiving an implant:

  1. As much as possible, avoid placing excessive pressure on the surgical site. Implants not only restore your beautiful smile but also reestablish full oral functionality, provided the gums are sufficiently healed. At meal times, soft, nutritious, and protein-rich foods should dominate your diet for the next two to three weeks after getting the dental implant. Additionally, spicy foodstuffs and extremely hot or cold beverages are a no-no, at least until the gum has healed properly. Ask your dentist about the safest eating and drinking options.
  2. Take prescribed medications as specified. It is quite normal to feel some pain after the surgery, especially when the local anesthesia starts to wear off, so the dentist will prescribe some analgesics, depending on the pain levels. It is important to stick to the specified dosage as well as the time of intake. Antibiotics may also be prescribed by the physician to prevent infections.
  3. For the next three weeks after the implant surgery, rigorous exercise and physical activities need to be kept to a bare minimum, as these can lead to bleeding. This means no vigorous mouth swishing, gentle oral hygiene, and preferably no smoking. Filling your oral cavity with smoke is believed to significantly retard the recovery process, thereby increasing the chances of having dry sockets and more discomfort.

Other care tips include using ice packs to control potential swelling or inflammation. If there are signs of bleeding, keep in mind that it is not uncommon and it’s actually more of saliva than blood that oozes out. If you’re considering getting implants, leading holistic dentists in Philadelphia, like Dr. Gerald Regni, DMD, can fully restore your bright smile as well as help ensure your best oral health yet.

Sources:

DENTAL CARE AFTER AN IMPLANT TREATMENT, Patient

Dentistry Implant Clinic, University of Iowa

Dental Implants, Medicine Net

Dental implant surgery: what you can expect, Mayo Clinic

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