Recovery: What to Expect
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Post Procedure Recovery
As with any dental surgery procedure, you will need to take time for dental implant recovery. The placement of dental implants is typically considered minimally invasive, with a fast recovery period when compared to other major dental surgeries. Typically the patient’s recovery from a dental implant placement is less than the recovery time of having a tooth pulled.
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. Usually, a day or two will suffice.
In general, dental implant recovery time is between 1 and 2 days. 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 have had bone grafting, sinus augmentation, or a large number of teeth extracted.
The First Days of Recovery
During your first day of recovery your practitioner will likely recommend medication such as ibuprofen or prescription medication for any discomfort and may ask you to rinse with salt water to cleanse your mouth to 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 any remaining natural teeth regularly to keep up your oral health. In rare cases, some may notice some bruising, which will quickly fade in a few days.
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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:
- Raw tomatoes
- Citrus fruits
- Hard fruits and vegetables
Dental Implant Side Effects
Your dental implant recovery will 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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