Recovery: What to Expect
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Post Procedure Recovery
As with all invasive procedures, you will need to take plenty of time for a complete dental implant recovery. Plus, you will need to be committed to taking good care of yourself and following your doctor’s orders. While recovery does not take a long time, you will want to ensure that you have some time at home to heal until feel more like yourself.
In general, dental implant recovery time is between 1 and 2 weeks. However, if you have had other extensive work done in the area, you may need to prepare for a longer recovery. For example, recovery will be longer if you had bone grafting or sinus work.
The First Days of Recovery
Your first day of recovery will be the most uncomfortable. You will have gauze packed in the area that may need to be changed every half hour as the area continues to ooze. The area may also feel swollen and uncomfortable. Your practitioner will likely recommend a medication for the pain, and may ask you to rinse with salt water to cleanse your mouth and ease swelling and discomfort.
By the second and third days, you should begin to feel much better, although it may feel uncomfortable to open your mouth very wide. Always make sure to brush your teeth regularly to keep up your oral health. You may notice some bruising, which will fade with time. A moist hot pack can help with further discomfort.
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Diet During Dental Implant Recovery
It is important to focus on softer and blander foods than usual during the recovery period so that you do not irritate the area. Eat soft, non-acidic foods, such as the following:
- Healthy smoothies
Be sure to stay away from the following foods:
- Citrus fruits
- Hard fruits and vegetables
Dental Implant Side Effects
Your dental implant recovery should go well if you follow your doctor’s orders carefully and keep the area clean. In general, it is important to continue to eat and care for your teeth to help your overall health. If you have any unusual side effects, be sure to contact your practitioner immediately.
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