What to expect during the healing process of dental implantation

Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement options chosen by many of the patients at Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants. Dr. Ari Moskowitz finds that this is the most effective solution for  many of his patients. Patients understand that an oral surgery procedure is required to place these restorations, and often have questions about the healing and recovery process following the placement of dental implants.

Post-operative care for dental implants

Because dental implant placement is a relatively invasive procedure, patients can expect to have some sensitivity, swelling, and discomfort after their surgery. It is essential that patients take proper care of their smile during this time to prevent unnecessary infection or irritation. Most patients can take over-the-counter ibuprofen during this recovery time to decrease the presence of swelling and manage any discomfort they may have following the procedure. Patients may also be advised to use an ice pack for 15 minutes at a time to decrease swelling. In most cases, patients will take a few days off of work after their procedure to recovery and take care of their smile until the area heals.

What can I eat following dental implant surgery?

Most patients start with foods that are soft and easy to chew, including soups, ice cream, smoothies, yogurt, and even steamed vegetables. To avoid irritation and risk of damage to the implant, patients should avoid chewy or sharp foods such as steaks or potato chips.

Will there be pain after surgery?

Most patients will experience some discomfort following their procedure because of how invasive it can be. It is perfectly normal to have some pain. Pain management is often addressed with over-the-counter pain medications taken as directed to stay on top of pain. As the mouth heals, patients will no longer need medication and can enjoy their new restoration.

Are you interested in learning more about dental implants?

Contact Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants of Catonsville, MD today by calling (410) 744-6088 to request an appointment. We are conveniently located in Suite #200B at 6400 Baltimore National Pike and accept new patients to work with our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Ari Moskowitz.

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