Dental implants are a great way to not only repair your smile but promote your dental health. Unfortunately, this is dental surgery and will need time to heal. So, once you have your dental implant installed, you are going to need to handle it with kid gloves for a while in order to keep the healing process going smoothly. Your dental professional will give you some aftercare instructions, but here are a few tips to keep in mind as you are in the recovery stage:
Do not bother your dental implant. Refrain from bothering your dental implant immediately after having it placed. If you agitate the implant, it will prolong the healing process and could lead to additional issues.
Make sure to consume carefully. Stick to eating soft food for the first few days, then start to reintroduce harder foods as your dental implant heals.
Ice the affected areas. Your face may swell in certain places, but that’s normal for the first few days. Help reduce the swelling by applying an ice pack wrapped in a cloth to the affected area.
Practicing proper oral hygiene is essential. The surgery site must stay clean in order for the implant to heal properly. Your dentist will prescribe you a medicated mouthwash – be sure to use as directed and use a soft bristled toothbrush when brushing your dental implant.
Be sure to reduce level activity. Reduce your level of physical activity immediately following dental implant surgery. Throbbing and bleeding can occur if you do choose to exercise, and if it does you should stop working out immediately.
If you’d like to find out more about dental implant aftercare, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.wetzelperio.com for more information.
Dr. Gary Wetzel proudly accepts patients from Camp Hill and all surrounding areas.