Do's And Don'ts For Your First Dental Implant Installation

If you are getting ready to have your first dental implant installed, then there are some things you need to do to ensure that your recovery is successful and as comfortable as possible. While you should expect to have some discomfort in the week following your surgical procedure, there are many ways to lessen your discomfort.

Follow these do's and don'ts for a better post-operative experience after your dental implant installation:

Do schedule your dental implant installation appointment on a Thursday or Friday in order to take advantage of the weekend time off of work to recover. Scheduling your appointment early in the week will likely result in your needing to take more days off of work. You can save some of your sick time by scheduling just prior to a weekend.

Don't  make plans to do any physically strenuous activities during the week following your dental implant installation. Your gums will be sore, and avoiding activities that cause your teeth to bang together is paramount after your procedure. Jarring the dental implant could break it or cause it to heal in a different orientation than that which it was installed.

Do stay hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of water before and after your procedure. If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, then drinking room temperature water will help.

Don't  chew tobacco, smoke, or eat sugary foods in the weeks following the implantation of your new dental implant. Smoking and chewing will discolor your new implant, and sugar is bad for all of your teeth and gums. Since you have to stop smoking and chewing prior to your dental surgery, not restarting afterward is ideal. You can speak with your dental surgeon if you need assistance with quitting.

Do use an ice pack on your face if you have any discomfort or swelling from your dental implant installation. Make sure that your wrap the ice pack in a towel so that it will not cause frostbite on your face. If you want an ice pack that conforms to your face, then you can use a bag of frozen vegetables.

Don't apply ice directly to your surgical site. Ice placed directly against your gums can cause pain and it can also delay healing by freezing the skin cells. Excessive use of ice is also restrictive for the circulation that you need for your gums and jaw to heal from your dental surgery.

For more information, contact Park Dental or a similar location.