Last Updated on December 10, 2019
If you end up losing a tooth someday, you should act immediately. When working with patients, I always stress the importance of replacing missing teeth. Failing to do so will only cause more dental problems. I strongly recommend dental implants. Below, I will provide you with tips so you can prepare properly for the dental implant recovery process.
- Dental Implant Recovery Timeline
- Foods You Should Eat After Dental Implant Surgery
- What You Shouldn’t Eat After Dental Implant Surgery
- Other Frequently Asked Questions
Dental Implant Recovery Timeline
I wholeheartedly understand that my patients cannot take too much time off work. They have to get back to the grind as quickly as possible. Thankfully, dental implant technologies give me the ability to get my patients back on their feet much quicker than many of the alternatives.
First Step – Drilling a Hole
The first step involves drilling a very small hole in the empty socket, going through the bone. This procedure is very delicate, and a tiny miscalculation could result in unwanted problems like nerve damage or bone splintering.
Second Step – Screwing It Down
In the second step, a hole is carefully enlarged so a titanium screw can be screwed down into it. All of the above will be completed in 1-2 hours.
Then, A three to six month waiting period is then given after the top of the screw is capped. This allows the bone to grow around the implant anchor to set it in place. The failure of an implant may be visible in this step when the bone fails to integrate the screw into the jaw bone.
Third Step – Replacing the Crown
This is now the final step, where there is an addition of a permanent cap to space. This is done once the titanium screw is anchored firmly into the jaw. The temporary one is then removed, leaving the permanent one attached. This step can usually be completed in an hour.
During this step, it is impossible to tell the difference between your regular teeth and the dental implant. If compared to dentures and bridges, these implants work better. It is also stronger and much more durable.
Foods You Should Eat After Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery is most often considered an elective surgery. Nonetheless, it can still be very stressful for patients. Like any other surgery, dental implant surgery has risks. While most of these risks are minor, it is crucial to avoid things that could enhance these risks. I recommend monitoring your diet several days after the surgery. This will help reduce the risk of infection and speed up the healing process.
Vegetables are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Spinach, broccoli, carrots and butternut squash are just a few examples. I recommend steaming these vegetables for at least five to eight minutes. Allow it to cool before consumption to avoid additional discomfort.
Cottage cheese is rich in casein protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and phosphorus. Casein protein contains antibacterial properties. Phosphorous, on the other hand, is naturally found in the human bones. This is extremely important for dental implant surgery patients because the metal post of the implant is placed into the bone.
All of the other ingredients found in cottage cheese will promote healing, healthy bones and gums and fight against bacteria.
What You Shouldn’t Eat After Dental Implant Surgery
Before you leave the dental office, I will provide you with instructions as to what you can and cannot eat. Following these instructions closely is pertinent. It is recommended that you stay away from hot foods and drinks. I would advise you to stay away from these foods for 24 hours at the least. If you want to be more cautious about it, you can avoid hot foods and drinks for 48 hours. You should avoid mouthwashes and rinses too. I can provide you with a safe mouth wash if you wish.
I will also recommend avoiding foods that contain seeds or other small particles. After all, these things can get lodged in the wound site and that can lead to bigger problems in the future. You’ll also want to avoid acidic juices like orange juice. They’ll cause significant pain when swallowed. Don’t eat tomatoes or drink tomato juice either. Both should be avoided for the time being.
As long as you avoid these foods, you will recover within 48 hours. Then, you’ll be able to start enjoying these foods and drinks once again.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Take OTC Medicine for the Pain?
There is a good chance that you’re going to experience a little pain and discomfort. You may feel the need to take OTC medications. First, you should know that most dentists will prescribe you some type of prescription pain medicine. I generally do so as I feel it is necessary for the patient’s recovery. However, there are some rare occasions when you won’t receive anything. If this happens, I would not recommend taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen without consulting with me in advance. I will be able to provide you insight as to what you can use and what you should avoid.
It is never a good idea to take anything without consulting with a qualified dentist first!
Can I Use a Straw?
Many of my patients wonder whether or not they can use a straw after the surgery. The answer is no. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. Using a straw is going to cause major problems. I will do everything humanly possible to get the skin to form a blood clot. If you use a straw, it is probably going to dislodge the clot and that will cause more intense bleeding. Again, I urge you to avoid using a straw until the site of the wound has completely healed.
How can I Stop the Bleeding?
I can tell you from experience that you’re going to see some bleeding after you leave the dental office. Do not worry about it too much. Just remember to bite down hard on the gauze. This will normally stop the bleeding pretty quickly. If that doesn’t work, I have enough trick that you can try. Grab a green tea bag and moisten it a little bit. Now, place the bag on top of the impact area. This will most likely stop the bleeding.