If you have missing teeth, teeth that are cracked, or have other issues you may have decided to go the route of dental implants as a means to fix your smile. Dental implants are becoming more widely used to fix problematic teeth because they offer a long-term to a permanent solution for patients. Dental implant surgery restores a person’s smile, boosts confidence, and allows individuals to eat and drink all of the food and beverages they enjoyed before they had issues with their teeth.
When your dental implant surgery is on the horizon you may have many questions about what to expect when you are recovering and how to do so in the most comfortable way. No one wants to have to deal with pain and not feel their best which is understandable. For patients that have dental implant surgery, there are some things that can help with healing soundly and with minimal discomfort. The caring San Marcos dental implant dentist Dr. McBride explains how to manage the aftermath of dental implant surgery below.
Recovering from dental surgery more quickly, more smoothly, and with the least pain possible is a common goal. There are some things that patients who have just had dental implant surgery can do to accomplish this. These would be:
Usually, the thought of how painful the aftermath of surgery would be and then having to experience it is often enough to scare people off from having various types of medical procedures like surgery. But, when you have dental implant surgery, your doctor will work with you to ensure you have the right pain management tools available to keep your pain under control. Through a mix of prescription medications and over-the-counter options, your dental implant specialist will provide guidance on the best way to minimize your discomfort.
You should expect some amount of swelling after you have your procedure. This can be dialed down through the use of either a cold compress or a warm one on your jaw.
Allow yourself time to rest and relax so your body can heal. Surgery is a major trauma to the body and so your body needs all the resources possible to start the healing process. Resting and taking a break from regular and strenuous activities will help you get better sooner.
Soft foods and liquid nourishment will be the way to go for your meals. You do not want to put too much pressure on your new implants. You can enjoy body-warming soups, nutrient-dense shakes, and other whole options that don’t require you to chew.
Your dental implant specialist will provide guidance and advice on what to do in the days following your dental implant surgery. Even though you may be wanting to just get back into things, it is best to take some time for yourself as you start the healing process by listening and following such instructions.
You are welcome to come in and see Dr. McBride to discuss what options, including dental implants, would work for your oral health needs. For a free consultation, please call (760) 471-1003.