Losing a tooth can cause self-consciousness for many. Thankfully, in cases of tooth loss, dental implants are a viable solution to restore a natural-looking smile.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dentists use dental implants, a form of prosthesis, to replace teeth. The implant itself is a tiny titanium root implant put in the jawbone, and then one of the following are attached to it:

  • A permanent bridge.
  • Complete dentures.
  • Partial dentures.
  • Single crown.

After the implant fuses with the jawbone, the dentist will attach an abutment. This attachment ensures that the replacement tooth or teeth can be secured.

The primary benefit of implants is that they provide a sturdy foundation for your new teeth. Your bone needs to grow around the implant for this to happen. Due to the length of time required for bone healing, final results may take several months.

Tips for Speedy Dental Implant Recovery

After dental implant surgery, taking good care of your mouth is essential. It ensures a speedy and painless recovery. Following these tips can help you to enjoy the best outcomes:

1. Rest during Recovery

Be sure to rest the day of your your dental surgery appointment. You may experience selling, bruising, minor bleeding, and discomfort at the implant site. If you were sedated at the dentist, you might still feel sleepy and should avoid activities that need full attention, like driving. You should also avoid heavy lifting and

2. Follow Instructions from your Doctor

Your mouth may be too sensitive for regular oral hygiene after treatment. Your dentist may tell you to forego brushing and mouthwash at first. You should follow the doctor’s oral health instructions. Avoid brushing the sore spot, but continue to care for your teeth in the usual manner. Eight ounces of warm water with half a teaspoon of salt is what you may use as a rinsing solution.

3. Use Ice

It is not uncommon to experience some minor facial swelling or bruising. For the first 24 hours, you should apply ice to your jaw for 30 minutes, then take the ice off. If you’ve had surgery on both sides of your mouth, you should alternate applying ice to each side. The redness and swelling should subside in a few days.

4. Use Pain Medication

After treatment, you will most likely need pain medication. There are pain medicines available without a prescription. These medicines include acetaminophen, which may be enough in certain instances. You should take a prescription from your dentist if the pain persists.

5. Increase your Awareness

Check for prolonged symptoms such as fever, infection, or swelling. Check for problems with breathing or swallowing as well. If you feel that your discomfort, swelling, or bruising is worsening during recovery, do not hesitate to reach out to your dentist as soon as possible.

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Maintaining good oral health is crucial to your health. When you don’t take care of your teeth and gums, it can devastate your general health and happiness. Ikon Dental Group is committed to solving all your dental issues. Please call us or fill out our online contact form to scheudle a consultation.