If you have lost a tooth due to decay, gum disease, or an injury, restoring your smile is possible. Today, more and more people are seeing the benefits of implant dentures. Not only will these implants improve the look of your smile, but they can also ensure you are chewing and speaking properly. In addition, the 95 percent success rate ensures your implants will be a great investment. Of course, the process of placing implants is a surgical procedure that requires proper planning and preparation. Here are a few tips to prepare for your dental implant surgery.
When you schedule the surgery, make sure to plan other events around your recovery.
You should spend the first few days after the surgery resting, taking care of yourself to ensure your incisions heal properly and your implants fuse into the jaw bone without complications.
Make sure you will not have any strenuous activities planned during the first few days after your implant surgery. Some patients are able to return to work or school after a few days, but this will depend on your dentist's recommendations and your specific needs.
After implant surgery, your mouth and gums will be sore and tender. Therefore, you will not want to chew hard foods or spend a lot of effort preparing meals. Spend the days before your surgery preparing meals that you will be able to eat during your recovery.
Soft foods are best because they do not require a lot of effort to prepare or to chew. Stock your kitchen with yogurt and bananas. Prepare hot foods that can be heated up quickly in the oven or microwave. Pasta dishes, mashed potatoes, soups, and stews are great options to consider for your recovery.
Pre-made nutritional shakes are also healthy options to enjoy during your recovery. These shakes are usually delicious and full of important vitamins. They also contain high levels of protein, which you will need during your recovery because chewing meats will be difficult.
Most people do not experience any pain after implant surgery, but you may feel some discomfort. Gum tissue will be sore and tender. It may also bleed lightly. Also, you may have some pressure and pain in your jaw.
Your dentist may prescribe some pain relievers, but an over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medication will be sufficient in most cases. You can also use an ice pack or heating pad to soothe your tender mouth and jaw.