When it comes to fixing your smile and restore your missing tooth, the most popular treatment option available in dentistry is dental implants. Because of their durability implants are the long lasting and permanent solution to replace your one or more missing tooth. If you have recently dental implant treatment, you are well on your way to achieve a beautiful, fully restored smile. There are several things that you need to know about dental implant surgery aftercare. Keep reading this article that would give you some ideas about what you have to eat after surgery and provide long-term maintenance tips to keep your implants long lasting.
What To Expect After Dental Implant Surgery?
Days After the Surgery
Implant treatment is one of the safest treatment options. After the surgery, most of the people do not have any complications. Even though, you may experience temporary side effects with dental implants,
- During the surgery, the anesthesia is used which will numb the pain. However, you may experience some pain few hours after surgery. It can be alleviated with the pain medication prescribed by the dentist.
- Next common side effect is Swelling which occur around the incision site that may last up to 48 hours. If you want to reduce it by your own, use ice packs.
- Minor bleeding occurs in the incision area that may appear in your saliva, which can last up to 24 hours. To minimize bleeding, avoid strenuous physical activity.
- You may notice bruising on your cheeks and gums, which may last several days.
- These Pain and discomforts typically last no more than two weeks.
After the surgery, serious complications are rare. However, your side effects get worse, you need to contact your dentist immediately. Some common complications are,
- A bad smell or taste that comes from the implant
- Swollen, red, painful gums after the healing
- Loose implants
To avoid these complications, it’s important to follow the instructions recommended by your oral surgeon and to make an appointment with your dentist at regular intervals.
Months After the Surgery
In most of the cases, the jawbone takes several months to heal. Until your doctor tells you that it’s ok, you have to take proper care.
Tips To Consider After Surgery
Your dentist will give you a list of instructions that you will have to follow after surgery.
- After surgery, avoid touching the surgical area. You can brush gently not in contact with an incision area.
- Keep your mouth clean and bacteria free, use warm salt water to rinse your mouth. You can repeat this process 2 to 3 times in a day.
- Avoid the strenuous activities for the first day, which increased bleeding, swelling and pain. Also avoid exercise for 3-4 days following surgery.
- Do not use a straw for the first few days after surgery.
- Avoid smoking. Your dentist recommends certain medications after the procedure, such as antibiotics to counteract pain and discomfort. These will help prevent infection. If you are a smoker, these antibiotics may not work as well. For this reason, we urge you to stop smoking.
- After 4 weeks, you can start brushing the implant, abutments or bone graft sites with a soft toothbrush.
- You need to follow the regular dental checkups to ensure that you are recovering properly. During your dental visit, ask your surgeon about the recovery and time.
Diet After Implant Surgery
It is advisable to follow a soft food diet for the first 24 hours.
Foods To Avoid Right After Surgery
- Avoid extremely hot and spicy foods.
- Avoid hard foods like nuts, sunflower seeds, popcorn, etc., which may get lodged in the surgical site.
- Acidic foods, like tomatoes, lemons, limes, orange juice.
- Avoid eating fruits with seeds, such as raspberries, strawberries, etc.
Foods You Should Eat After Surgery
- Take Liquid Diet like a Pudding, Milkshakes, Milk, Soup Broth, Fruit Juices.
- Take Soft Fruits like Bananas, Mangoes, Peaches, and Pears.
- Eat Steamed Vegetables and Mashed potatoes.
- Eat Bread, Pasta, or Rice, Ice cream, Pancakes.
You may eat anything soft by chewing away from the surgical sites. Your food intake will be limited for the first few days. To stay hydrated, take fluids at regular intervals. Patients can resume a normal diet as soon as they feel capable of doing so.
Eating dietary foods and practicing good oral hygiene habits can speed up the recovery process. This will make your oral health better and helps you a new smile that lasts for many years. The main benefits of dental implants is that, they look, feel, and function like natural teeth, once they have healed. It means that dental implants don’t make any difference in your day-to-day life. You should also take care of implants like your own teeth by brushing and flossing regularly.
About The Author
Dr. Marilyn Amaral, was born in Cuba and she was graduated from New York University with the degree of Doctor in Dental Surgery in 1993. Dr. Amaral has been in dental practice for over 20 years. Dr. Amaral at Foreversmile Dentistry uses the latest advances in cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry to restore your beautiful smile.