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What to expect after your dental implants procedure

January 25, 2016

dental implantsCongratulations on completing your recent dental implants procedure! You’ve made a wonderful decision for your oral health, and you’ll be enjoying your new, sturdy teeth soon. But before that day comes, you’ve got a bit of recovering to do — read on to learn more about what to expect now and in the coming days, plus some steps you can take to make the recovery go smoothly.

Recovering from your dental implants procedure

After your dental implants have been surgically placed, your recovery begins… but that doesn’t mean it’s all over. In fact, you could say this recovery is the key phase of the treatment, when osseointegration occurs through the gradual fusing of the jawbone and the titanium implant. That’s what keeps your dental implant sturdy and your mouth healthy for a lifetime of use!

Managing your pain

Just like with any oral surgery, you’ll likely experience some level of discomfort following your dental implant procedure. Your dentist will prescribe a medication to help you manage pain in the days following your surgery. Symptoms will subside with time, but any persisting pain should be easily managed with an over-the-counter medicine.

Reducing facial swelling 

Facial swelling will reach its maximum two or three days after your surgery. Control swelling during the first few days by using ice packs in 20 minute intervals: 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.

What to eat in the first few days

Maintaining a diet of soft, nutritious foods is important in the days following your procedure. Pureed vegetables, fruit smoothies, fish and eggs are all healthy, easy-to-eat options. Remember to avoid drinking through a straw and eating extremely hot foods at first — and return to more solid foods as it becomes comfortable.

Possible complications following dental implants

Of course, it’s always possible that something won’t go exactly right following your dental implant procedure. If a problem arises, stay calm and call North York Dental as soon as possible. Most complications occur as a result of infection at the implantation site — so you can reduce the risk of this happening to you by maintaining excellent oral hygiene after your dental implants procedure.

Still have questions? Contact us today

If you’ve got any remaining questions about your recovery following the dental implant procedure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re here to help you on your quest for a healthy, beautiful smile — so contact us to talk about dental implants today!

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