Receiving dental implants is a life-changing experience. These durable replacement teeth improve appearance and restore oral function.
You might be wondering what to do after your dental surgery to increase the success rate of your dental implants. There are a few things you can do and abstain from to promote a speedy and successful recovery. For example, you should avoid touching the surgical site after your treatment. You should also abstain from drinking alcohol or using tobacco as these substances inflame oral tissues and can slow down the body’s healing process.
It is very important to closely follow the instructions given to you by our oral surgeon. Post-operative instructions contain a wealth of information about what to expect during recovery and what you can do to alleviate discomfort or improve the success of your implant. We also encourage you to call our office for any questions you may have or if you require further clarification on your post-operative instructions.
Lifestyle Factors that Affect Implant Success Rates
Certain lifestyle choices and health conditions can affect the longevity of a dental implant. The most common lifestyle choices that will affect the success of an implant as well as a patient’s recovery are smoking cigarettes or cigars, chewing tobacco, and drinking alcohol. Gum disease is another lifestyle factor that will affect a dental implant. After you receive a dental implant, you should practice meticulous oral hygiene including daily flossing to prevent the onset of gum disease. Since gum disease destroys gingival tissue and bone, it can affect the stability of an implant. After receiving an implant, it is important to monitor your overall health closely and keep all follow-up appointments at our practice.
Staying Comfortable After Dental Surgery
After the implantation process, you might experience some discomfort. Fortunately, this discomfort is managed with medication. If our team prescribes pain medication, be sure to take it exactly as directed. You may also be asked to take over the counter, anti-inflammatory medication, too. If you have questions or concerns, refer to your post-operative instructions or call our office for clarification.
To learn more about the dental implant process and what to expect during recovery, contact Texas Oral Surgery Specialists at 817-552-3223 and schedule your informative consultation today.