Dental Implant Recovery Process

Dental Implant Recovery Process

Are you considering dental implants to replace missing teeth?  If so, there are some important things you should know about the recovery process.  Placing dental implants involves a surgical procedure and a post-surgery healing period.  There are several factors that influence this recovery process.

It’s All About Inflammation!

Healing from surgery, any surgery, is all about controlling inflammation.  No matter what good the surgery accomplishes, your body’s initial response is always inflammation.  This inflammatory response produces pain and slows down the healing process. 

What Can Your Surgeon Do to Control Inflammation?

As your dental implant surgeons, we take crucial steps to reduce your body’s inflammatory response to the surgery.  Our goal is to be as minimally invasive as possible, using small incisions and atraumatic surgical techniques.  The smaller the surgical site, the less inflammation produced. 

We also prescribe a regimen of post-operative care that includes anti-inflammatory medications.  Sometimes these are prescription drugs, and sometimes we recommend over-the-counter medications.  These anti-inflammatory medications not only ease post-surgical pain; they also fight the inflammatory process and promote healing.

What Can You Do to Control Inflammation?

There are several important steps you can take to reduce your body’s inflammatory response to the dental implant surgery.

Before Surgery:

  1. Control blood sugar – This is especially important for diabetic patients. Uncontrolled blood sugar produces inflammation in your body.  Before proceeding with implant surgery, you should see your medical doctor to manage any issues with your diabetes.  Having a well-regulated blood glucose level before, during and after surgeries will greatly improve your healing process!
  2. Stop smoking – If you use tobacco products, you should know that your healing process will be much slower than a non-smoker. Smokers have a much higher rate of dental implant failure than non-smokers do.  The best thing you can do is stop smoking or using other tobacco products two weeks before your scheduled surgery. 
  3. Follow all of your doctor’s pre-operative instructions – Some patients require pre-operative prescription medications. Your doctor will prescribe these and have you get them from your pharmacy before your surgery with specific instructions on when to begin taking them.  Make sure to take these according to the instructions.  They are designed to prepare your body for the surgery and aid the recovery process.

After Surgery:

The “after surgery” instructions are almost the same as the “before surgery” instructions.  It is essential to control your blood sugar, not smoke or use other tobacco products and follow all of your doctor’s instructions.

In addition to these, you must make sure to follow all dietary restrictions recommended by your dental implant surgeon.  Avoid chewing on the side with the new implant to prevent any forces on the implant body as it heals into the jawbone.

As you are healing, it is important to control all inflammation in your body.  Boost your immune system by eating a healthy diet with minimal sugar.  Take vitamin and mineral supplements.  Daily exercise will keep your body’s cells in their best shape to fight inflammation.  Basically, try to be as healthy as possible!

Facts about Dental Implant Recovery

More Questions about the Dental Implant Recovery Process?

Call your nearest Wellness Dental location today to schedule a consultation with our dental implant experts.  We will assess your specific risks and give you more details about what we anticipate your unique healing process to include.

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