According to a study from King’s College London, about 10,000 mandibular (lower jaw) dental implant treatments are conducted every single year in the United Kingdom (UK).
Osseointegration is a process wherein the recently installed dental implants fuse with the gum tissue and jawbone. This process takes a long time, that’s why the total healing time for dental implant patients is usually about 9 months. A faster recovery means not having to suffer from any post-surgery complications that can extend the whole healing process. If you recently underwent a dental implant treatment, here are some tips on how to recover faster.
1. Take medications as instructed.
During your first few weeks, even months, of healing, you will be instructed to take some medication for the pain. Make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions on how to take the right dosage for any uncomfortable sensation you might experience post-surgery. It is important to not exceed the recommended dosage.
2. Eat the right kind of soft foods.
Getting dental implants are like getting braces—you won’t be able to eat hard or tough food for some time. Avoid eating foods that have hard crumbs that can easily get stuck between the sutures. Try to consume soft, nutritional foods such as eggs, yogurt, soup and mashed vegetables (such as sweet potatoes and carrots.) Of course, it can be difficult to go on for months eating only soft foods. When deciding what to eat, always go for food that does not require much chewing.
3. Practice good oral hygiene.
Keeping your mouth clean is one of the most important things you can do to ensure a faster and complete recovery. There are special dental implant cleaning tools you can purchase; however, what’s most important is to be gentle in cleaning the parts that recently underwent surgery.
Towards Faster Recovery
During the healing process, you might be asked to go back for follow-up appointments. It is important to keep in touch with your dentist who will ensure that you are healing properly. Use this time to ask your dentist for more advice on how to recover faster. You should also ask them additional information about your new dental implants.