Maintaining the health of your dental implants is just as important as maintaining the health of your natural teeth. The recovery process following dental implant restoration will depend on how significant the underlying issue is and whether your implant(s) needs to be replaced. If dental implant replacement is necessary, the recovery process will be similar to the initial placement of the dental implant.
One of the most important things to do during the initial healing phase is avoid disturbing the wound. Do not touch the wound and avoid spitting and/or rinsing for at least 24 hours following the procedure, as doing so may result in additional bleeding and inhibit the formation of a blood clot. Following this 24-hour period, you can begin to brush your gums, teeth and tongue again, but do so gently. You can also begin flossing your natural teeth during this period, but it may be necessary to use alternative flossing options for your dental implants, such as interdental brushes or oral irrigation.
To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of prescribed painkillers and/or over-the counter medication. To reduce swelling, apply an ice bag over the area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. Immediately following your dental implant restoration, stick to a soft food diet, eating foods like applesauce, yogurt, pudding, or soup, slowly reintroducing harder foods as the healing process progresses.
By following these instructions and continuing to keep your teeth and gums clean, you will enjoy a fast healing process and can return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.