Dental implants can greatly improve one's confidence, providing them with a newfound sense of vitality and carefreeness. However, recovering from the dental implant surgery can be difficult. Proper recovery is necessary to ensure that the implant procedure was a success. Patients interested in a dental implant in Raleigh should talk extensively with their oral surgeon to make sure they know exactly what to expect after the surgery and what recovery time realistically looks like.
Get Your Rest
Dental implants may be considered a cosmetic surgical procedure by some, but it is still a surgical procedure. When your body is subjected to the trauma of surgery you need to give yourself the proper amount of time to heal. Do not go back to work the next day. Talk with your doctor about what is a reasonable amount of time to devote to rest.
Use the Pain Medication
You may not think you will need the pain medication prescribed to you by your dentist, but you will. Many patients refuse to take medication because immediately following the surgery they feel fine. This is because your mouth is still somewhat medicated from the anesthesia and in shock from the surgery. Once both the anesthesia and shock begin to wear off, the pain becomes very real. Try to get ahead of the pain and take the anti-inflammatory medication before you think you need it. Not only will it make your recovery less painful, but it will also reduce the swelling.
Your dentist will tell you what kind of foods you can eat immediately after the surgery as well as the days that follow. This will probably be a diet of soft foods and liquids. Before your surgery prepare a grocery list and stock your refrigerator with the appropriate foods. This will reduce temptation to snack on something crunchy when the munchies hit.
Talk to your dentist about a salt water rinse. If you know someone who had a dental implant in Raleigh, then you might have heard them talk about how rinsing with a salt water concoction helped manage the pain and quicken the healing process. Ask your dentist how to incorporate this into your recovery plan.
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