Tips to Ensure a Successful Dental Implant Recovery
In recent decades, dental implants have become the most commonly recommended form of tooth replacement by dentists worldwide. When these replacement teeth are selected for the appropriate patient, placed under the best circumstances, and permitted to heal properly, the success rate soars to nearly 97%.
Part of the implant process is dependent upon the talent and expertise of your oral surgeon, and much of it is dependent upon your commitment to observing proper post-operative instructions.
In the immediate hours following the placement of your new teeth, you may need to be diligent about controlling any possible bleeding. You’ll need to keep your head elevated above your heart as much as possible, avoid hot foods and beverages, and refrain from any activities that cause physical exertion. Prolonged bleeding is an indication that the healing process has not yet begun.
Smoking can delay the healing process and compromise the success of your implant during the precious days and hours following their placement. In fact, you may be encouraged to permanently quit smoking several months before your implant procedure.
Thorough, gentle oral hygiene should be resumed as soon as possible after your implants have been placed. Adhere to your oral surgeon’s instructions regarding antibiotics, antibacterial mouthrinses, brushing, and flossing. You may also be encouraged to rinse with lukewarm saltwater, which can help to sooth and cleanse the surgical site.
The suction action that is created when you drink through a straw can dislodge a blood clot and result in a dry socket. Instead, avoid the use of straws, spitting, and any other activities that would create suction in the mouth.
If medications are prescribed for you, remember to follow the dosage instructions closely. Your prescriptions can help to control inflammation, manage pain, and prevent infection. It’s important that you disclose all aspects of your medical history with your dentist and your pharmacist prior to consuming any prescribed or over-the-counter medications.
To find out more about enjoying a successful dental implant recovery, call our experienced team at Charlottesville Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center at 434-295-0911 to schedule your consultation today.