Do You Wonder What to Do After Dental Implant Surgery? Here are Some Tips!
- Posted on: Mar 30 2018
Full arch tooth replacement can be a life-changing decision that takes you from a place of frequent frustration due to dental pain to a place of bliss. For many people, the choice to receive dental implants and artificial teeth is a huge leap forward in feeling good about their smile and their overall quality of life. Here’s why . . .
What Dental Implants Do
If you haven’t consulted with your dentist about dental implants just yet, you may not realize what these tiny posts are capable of. You see, dental implants are not your replacement teeth; those will be made of high-quality materials that look like your real teeth and snap onto implant posts. Dental implants are your new roots. They will be hidden beneath the gums where, over time after placement, they integrate into the bone where your roots once fit. As your new roots, dental implants will hold your replacement teeth in place so you can speak clearly and with confidence, and so you can eat whatever you’d like without worry that your teeth may not stay in place.
We cannot say that these benefits aren’t significant. If you’ve had even one experience of not being able to chew food you’d like to eat, or of your dentures slipping out, you know how valuable the act of chewing is. But there’s more to dental implants. Research has discovered that the presence of these artificial roots in the jawbone support ongoing regeneration, the regeneration that is needed to prevent facial sinking and a hollow appearance.
What to Do After Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant treatment is described as surgery because implant posts are situated into the jawbone. This procedure is no more complex than endodontic surgery to remove wisdom teeth or treat an infected root canal. It is performed with local anesthetic and is not painful. Depending on the number of implants needed, the whole procedure may be completed in about an hour. The question that many patients have is what to do after they leave the office to support successful healing. We suggest:
- Avoid tobacco! Smoking is one of the most detrimental habits of the mouth and the body. In fact, smokers may be advised to quit their habit long before dental implant treatment. This is because cigarettes contain chemicals that inhibit tissue healing.
- This may sound easy, but many people find it difficult to follow their body’s instructions. If you feel tired, sleep. Even if it’s a short nap. Taking care of your sleep quality is one of the best ways to help your body do the healing that is needed.
- Eat well. Most patients do not have dietary restrictions after the placement of dental implants. Many are back to eating a variety of foods within a day or two. What is beneficial for healing is the inclusion of high-quality nutrients like calcium, protein, and vitamins, which can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats.
If you have decided to have dental implant treatment here in our Golden, Colorado office, know that we are here to support you as you heal from your surgery. Contact our office online or call us at (303) 277-9600 for the assistance you need.
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