Dental implant surgery is one of the best ways to fully restore a damaged smile. However, the thought of dental implant surgery recovery can be scary for patients. However, fear of recovery shouldn’t stop you from getting implants! There are plenty of ways to stay comfortable while you recover. Below, we’ll share 5 tips for a quick and easy dental implant surgery recovery.
1- Keep Your Head Elevated
After your implant surgery, it’s important to get rest. However, you should keep your head elevated while sleeping or relaxing. The elevated position promotes blood circulation and can also reduce pain. Rest with your head elevated for at least 72 hours post-surgery.
2- Manage Swelling
Swelling is common after dental implant surgery. However, you can reduce swelling with an ice pack or cold compress. You might also be able to use medications to reduce swelling, though this will be at your oral surgeon’s discretion. Do not take any medications unless they are approved by your dentist/surgeon.
3- Avoid Activities
After surgery, it’s important to take it easy. Exerting yourself can increase both your pain levels and also your recovery time. Plus, exercise and even household chores can raise your heart rate, which can increase bleeding at your surgery site.
4- Stay Hydrated
Hydration is always important! However, it’s especially crucial after a medical procedure. Hydration will keep you healthy and promote general healing/comfort. Try to stick to plain water and other simple, cold beverages.
5- Follow Your Care Plan
This should go without saying! Before your surgery, you will be given detailed recovery instructions. Read them before your surgery so you can make sure you understand everything. You should also share them with anyone who will be helping you through your recovery, such as a spouse or caregiver. Be sure to follow the instructions exactly and contact your dentist with any questions.
You’re Not Alone During Your Dental Implant Surgery Recovery
The Noble Smile team is here for you. Our team members will work with you before, during, and after surgery to ensure that your implant experience is as comfortable as possible.