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Dental Implant Recovery Diet: Time-Frame and What To Expect

Posted by on December 16, 2018 in Dental Implants | Comments Off on Dental Implant Recovery Diet: Time-Frame and What To Expect

Missing a tooth or multiple teeth is never fun, for anyone. Feelings of being self-conscious, worried others are staring and how you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror can have devastating effects. If you have been considering options for tooth replacement, such as dental implants it is likely you have a number of questions. What will it feel like after surgery? How do I care for dental implants? What can i expect as far as a dental implant recovery diet? These along with several others, it can make you feel more confident going into the procedure if you know exactly what to expect. In this post, we will go over many of the common questions patients have about dental implant recovery and what to expect following the surgery. Hopefully, by the end, you will feel more comfortable going into surgery,  but mostly more excited about the results.

Implant Dentistry, as mentioned above, is a surgery. It isn’t something to take lightly, and there are many things you should know about the recovery time, dietary restrictions, and how to manage discomfort if present. There are always risks with any surgery, but dental implants are, for the most part, considered safe. Infection is still a concern following any surgery, but listening to your dentist and following they’re aftercare advice can significantly minimize the risks.


How Long Will The Dental Implant Surgery Last?

The length of surgery depends on how many implants you will be having placed. One implant will typically take 2 hours to complete. You can expect an All-On-Four surgery to last up to 8 hours total. You may have to get to your dental office a little before surgery to fill out any last minute paperwork and ask any questions you may have. Your dentist will use an ansethetic to make you more comfortable and to help reduce the pain felt once the surgery is complete.


How Long Is The Dental Implant Recovery Time?

The amount of time it takes to recover will vary from patient to patient. But you can expect discomfort and symptoms to dissipate within 5-7 days post procedure. Dental implant recovery time for each person is different as well as the degree of pain felt. Some individuals will feel at ease as soon as a few days, while others may exceed the seven days. However, if you are still in a great deal of pain after a week, you should consult with your dentist as to why you are still experiencing a problem. Your dentist will check for signs of infection or if the implant had moved. While this is a slim chance of happening, there is a possibility, and your dentist will want to make sure everything is still placed correctly.


What To Expect The First Day Following Dental Implant Surgery?

We aren’t going to sugar coat that the day after surgery you might be in a little bit of discomfort or pain. You have just had surgery on the part of your body that has several nerve endings, and it will take a day or two for things to relax. Aside from the discomfort, which is manageable with an over the counter pain reliever, you will also have some slight bleeding. It can be frightening seeing what looks like an extreme amount of blood, but more than likely it isn’t as much as you think. Blood mixes with saliva making it appear worse than it is. You will need to change your gauze frequently on the first couple of days to ensure the incision site is kept clean, limiting your chances of infection.


What To Expect Days 2-3 Post Dental Implant Surgery?

Like the first day, there will be a fair amount of tenderness and a little pain, but it will get better each day. Your incision site is still healing, and it is of great importance that you don’t disturb the site. You can now brush your teeth, and it is recommended you do so to keep your mouth clean. But you should avoid the incision site. Otherwise, you could hurt it. You can rinse with salt water on the second day, and this can alleviate some of the pain while cleaning the gums and dental implant site. There will be some discoloration, typically a yellowish-greenish color from bruising and it is entirely normal.


Is The Dental Implant Healing Time The Same As Recovery Time?

The short answer is no. Recovery time refers to recouping after surgery, managing the pain, swelling, and other symptoms. While dental implant healing time relates to the implant itself healing and going through Osseointegration, osseointegration is where the dental implant fuses with the jawbone, creating a strong anchor for a crown, bridge or denture to be affixed to. This is a crucial component to healing, and can’t be rushed. You can expect up to six months before the jawbone is fully healed from the dental implant surgery.

Dental implant surgery recovery doesn’t last as long as the healing process, but you can expect to have a total time of six months before the implant and jawbone are ready for their permanent fixture to be attached. Depending on which service you have done with your dentist, you can be fitted for temporary crowns or dentures that you may wear while your implants are still recovering/healing.


When Is A Dental Implant Recovery Diet Recommended?

A dental implant recovery diet is tailored so that you get the nutrients you need while allowing your implant(s) to heal. It may not be the most typical cuisine, but it is recommended that you follow a few guidelines for helping your implants heal properly. A temporary change in your diet is somewhat required. While it doesn’t sound ideal, missing out on some of the foods you might enjoy, your dental implants and recovery time will be much easier. Here is a short list of foods you should avoid:

  • Spicy foods- after surgery this can cause major discomfort
  • Hard foods- avoid candy, anything chewy
  • Popcorn
  • Acidic foods- tomatoes, lemons or limes

On the other side, there are plenty of alternatives that are encouraged you eat to help with dental implant healing. Top foods to eat while recovering include:

  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Baked Beans
  • Fish (no citrus)
  • Oatmeal
  • Noodles
  • Bananas

Sticking to primarily soft foods for the first 5-7 days can make it much easier on your new implants as well as prevent more discomfort from occurring. If you have questions about what dental implant recovery diet is best for you, talking to your dentist before surgery is the best option.

Once you have gotten past the discomfort associated with the initial recovery period, you can be free to focus on the more exciting features, such as having a full smile you couldn’t be more thrilled to show-off.

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