Missing teeth can make basic activities like chewing, speaking, and smiling difficult. Unfortunately, traditional prostheses often shift in your mouth, look unnatural, or require foul-tasting adhesives to remain in place. To revitalize and repair your smile, Dr. Michael A. Pikos and our team of experienced oral surgeons utilize dental implants. We place these titanium posts within your jawbone, where they integrate with your natural tissue to form a solid foundation for a variety of restorations, including crowns, bridges, and dentures. The dental implant placement and restoration process typically takes a few appointments over the span of several months. Since the strength of dental implants comes from their fusion with the jawbone, proper healing from this oral surgery is key. In the following blog post, we provide our dental implant recovery tips and explain how our Tampa oral surgery team can help you heal well.
Prepare for Your Procedure
One of the best ways you can ensure a speedy recovery is to prepare for your dental implant placement. You can get ready for your treatment and proactively plan for your healing by:
- Avoiding smoking or drinking excessively
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash to maintain your oral health, since decay or gum disease could interfere with your oral surgery
- Arranging for someone to drive you to and from your procedure
- Planning to take a few days to several weeks off of work so you can focus on resting and recovering
- Picking up your post-surgical prescriptions, gauze, cold compresses, and any other supplies you may need while healing
- Asking Dr. Pikos any questions you may have about your procedure and expected recovery timeline
Taking appropriate steps before your dental implant surgery can make a world of difference afterward.
Recovery Time Factors
How long will it take you to recover? While each patient’s case is different, the following factors can influence your healing time:
The number of implants placed. Having a single implant inserted into your jawbone may take less recovery time than multiple implant placement.
Whether or not you require preparatory procedures such as bone grafting to qualify for dental implants.
Your oral and overall wellbeing. The healthier your mouth and body are, the easier it will be for you to heal quickly.
Dr. Pikos will explain your particular estimated recovery time based on these and other factors at your initial consultation.
After Your Surgery
After your procedure, you can speed your healing and diminish your discomfort by:
- Biting down on gauze to staunch the bleeding.
- Avoiding any activity that could put undue pressure on your mouth, such as putting on tight shirts, bending over, or lying down flat.
- Taking the painkillers and antibiotics we prescribe.
- Eating soft foods for the first week to avoid chewing at or near the treatment area. Oatmeal, mashed potatoes, soups, eggs, and smoothies are generally good ideas.
- Using cold compresses to reduce inflammation.
- Rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater between meals.
- Gently brushing and flossing your teeth.
Following these suggestions can allow you to heal comfortably and successfully so you can begin enjoying your new smile.
Contact the Coastal Jaw Surgery Center for Implant & Oral Reconstruction
Are you interested in dental implants? To learn more about this treatment or schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons, contact us today.
Call us today at 1-800-NEW-LOOK (Outside Florida: 727-877-0011) to learn more about the cost of dental implants or use the contact form below to reach out to us. We have locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill for your convenience.