If you have loose or missing teeth and have been considering dental implants as your tooth replacement option, you’re likely wondering about what you should expect from the recovery process. Our doctors at Clagett Dental in Elizabethtown want their patients to be well-informed before they choose to have a procedure, so in this blog, you will learn some tips to make your recovery after dental implants a success. Keep reading!
Take Time Off and Rest
This is one of the most important tips our doctors can give dental implants patients. Human nature causes many men and women to refuse rest, jump back into normal daily routines too quickly, and ignore doctor recommended recovery advice. However, if you don’t rest after you have your dental implants placed, you could experience a longer and more difficult recovery period. Before you visit our doctors for your surgery, be sure to schedule a few days off from work and other normal daily activities to ensure you have time to rest and recover.
Follow the Recommend Oral Hygiene Schedule
After you have your dental implants placed at Clagett Dental in Elizabethtown, our doctors will send you home with specific post-surgery instructions. In these instructions, you will find specifics on how you should clean your teeth and gums in the days following your procedure.
Immediately following your procedure, you should avoid direct contact with your surgical sites. Be sure you follow these to a “T” so you can avoid discomfort or complications. Once our doctors have given you the okay, you can begin using a soft bristle toothbrush to clean your teeth. And after you have completely healed from your surgery, your new dental implants will require the same oral hygiene your natural teeth needed: brushing twice a day, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash once a day, and visiting us for a regular cleaning twice a year.
Stay Hydrated and Eat Healthy Foods
Be sure to plan ahead and visit your local Elizabethtown grocery store to stock up on easy-to-prepare, healthy foods, and drinks prior to your dental implants surgery. You’ll need to stay well-hydrated after your procedure to encourage quick and proper healing of your incision sites, but avoid drinks that are high in sugar and caffeine.
Additionally, Elizabethtown dental implants patients will need to have the right foods on hand. Not only should you consume a healthy diet to give your body the proper nutrients it needs to heal well, but you should also avoid hard and chewy foods in the days immediately following your procedure. Make sure you purchase soft foods or foods you can drink through a straw and have them easily accessible at home. Consider foods like smoothies, protein shakes, soups, pudding, yogurt, eggs, and oatmeal.
Call Our Doctors at Clagett Dental to Learn More
If you still have questions about the recovery process from dental implants placement, don’t hesitate to call one of our doctors in Elizabethtown. They will be happy to answer any questions you have and put your mind at ease.
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