Dental Implant Surgery Patient Recovery By Louis Buono on October 05, 2013

Dental Implants - Recovery / Healing from Oral SurgeryWhen you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, there are many dental treatment options to consider in order to achieve optimal dental wellness. One of the best options out there is dental implants. There are many misconceptions about what dental implants are and what treatment entails.

When you meet with a cosmetic dentist for a consultation, you will be able to learn much more about the entire dental implants process. Let's cover some of the basics of care right now, with a special focus on what you can expect during the recovery process.

About Dental Implants

Dental implants are an excellent option to consider for tooth loss. These are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into your jawbone and gum tissue. When in place, the dental implants will be able to support a dental crown, a dental bridge, a partial denture, or a full denture.

The Best Candidates for Dental Implants

The best candidates for dental implants are people who are in generally good dental health and have realistic expectations about the implant dentistry process. Since there is oral surgery involved to place the implants, it's important that patients be in good overall health. If the patient suffers from a serious health condition that may make surgery of any kind risky, then getting dental implants is not advised.

What Patients Experience After the Initial Oral Surgery

When patients undergo the initial surgery for the placement of the dental implants, both grogginess and fatigue are normal in the aftermath. It's advised that patients return home and get plenty of rest. The patient will have a loved one drive and/or escort them to and from surgery suite since they will be in no fit condition to operate a vehicle given the effects of general anesthesia.

In the days ahead, some discomfort and swelling are normal and to be expected. This is simply the body's natural response to a surgical procedure. Cold packs can be used to address swelling if needed, and your dentist and/or oral surgeon will have prescribed you pain medication if the discomfort is particularly acute. Patients should not engage in strenuous physical activities for the first day or so after the oral surgery.

A Word on Diet After the Initial Surgery

When you get a dental implant placed, it's important that you eat wisely and carefully. A diet of soft foods is highly recommended. These foods should not be hot or cold as both temperature extremes tend to cause discomfort and sensitivity. When biting or chewing, patients should avoid the side of the mouth with dental implant.

Patients should NOT use straws to drink beverages until their dentist or oral surgeon advises otherwise. The suction caused from the use of straws may affect stitches and sutures from the surgery.

Proper Hygiene for Dental Implants

Just because you have dental implants placed is no excuse for slacking off with your dental care. Brushing and flossing are essential to ensure complication-free treatment. Your dentist and/or oral surgeon will provide tips and instructions for proper hygiene.

Regular Check-Ups

Throughout the treatment process, you will visit your dentist for periodic check-ups to monitor your progress. As you heal, a process known as osseointegration needs to occur. This basically means the fusion of the dental implants with your living tissues.

Placement of the Implant Restoration

Once the dental implants are fully healed, you can then receive a dental restoration. This restoration will be custom crafted to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

Learn More About Advanced Implant Dentistry

For more information about dental implants and how they can be of great benefit to you, be sure to contact our Garden City dental care center today. Our entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health.

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Louis J. Buono, DDS

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