What To Avoid After Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants in Elma are a great choice for replacing missing teeth. They are the preferred choice both for patients and dentists because they look natural, are permanent replacements, and help support dental and bone health.

After implant surgery, patients usually go through quite a lengthy healing period called osseointegration, which can take even as long as 6 months. But, there are some things you can do, especially in the first part of the healing process, to help speed things along and avoid unwanted complications.

Check out 5 things you should avoid doing right after getting implant surgery:

1. Eating Hard Foods

You should stick to soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing for at least 1 week after getting a dental implant, maybe even longer if your healing is slow. Also, you should be chewing on the other side of the mouth.

Hard foods, even if not eaten directly on top of the implant site, could potentially disrupt the implant and lead to unwanted bleeding. As the site closes, you will be able to add harder foods back into your diet, so this is only a temporary change!

2. Drinking Through Straws

The implant site will be covered by a blood clot, which naturally forms to protect all the tissues underneath. It’s very important to leave this clot in place until the gums on top close in.

When you use a straw, you make a suction motion with your mouth which could dislodge the clot, leading to a serious complication known as dry mouth. This condition is very painful and could affect the implant itself.

3. Rigorous Rinsing

Like with drinking through a straw, excessive rinsing can also dislodge the blood clot. Instead, you should gently swish saline water or gentle mouthwash in your mouth, and let it fall out without spitting it.

4. Intense Physical Activity

Blood pressure normally rises when the body is involved in physical activity. While this can be great and healthy for your heart, you should take it easy for the first few days after your surgery. Higher blood pressure can increase your risk of bleeding from the implant site.

Whether it’s working out, or performing tasks around the house, try to take some days off, then slowly add more exercise when you feel up to it.

5. Smoking

Smoking is really bad for your health, and can needlessly delay the healing process, which can mean your 6-month healing period will get extended.

Moreover, smoking right after your surgery increases the risk of dislodging the blood clot.

Restore Your Smile at Springbrook Family Dentistry

If you’re interested in dental implants, Orchard Park dentist Dr. Finney can help you find out if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.

Book a dental implant consultation at Springbrook Family Dentistry online, and stop by to learn more.

For more information, call us at (716) 652-0600.

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