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According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than 3 million people in the United States alone have dental implants. While they can greatly improve your well-being, it will take some time to heal from the procedure. Indeed, in our experience, it can take about six months to recover fully from implant surgery. To encourage healing and to help ensure the best outcomes, here are four key steps you should take after a dental implant operation.

1. Be Gentle While Cleaning

While it might be tempting to rinse your mouth after surgery, you need to be very gentle and careful. Vigorous rinsing could actually damage your gums and open up wounds. The same is true for brushing. As time goes on, the wounds will heal, and you can use more force when cleaning out your mouth, but it’s smart to take things slow.

2. Incorporate a Soft Diet

Your diet is also important. During the first few days after surgery, you may want to opt for either a liquid or soft diet. This will reduce strain on your gums and can minimize the risk of injuries. Consider eating pudding, mashed potatoes, applesauce, and other foods you don’t have to chew much. You should also avoid alcohol and smoking, especially during the first few days after surgery.

3. Watch for Signs of Infection

As you heal, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your mouth. If you notice signs of infection, such as high levels of swelling and inflammation, you may need to contact your dentist. Some swelling is normal, but it could also be a sign of a complication.

4. Consider Pain Medications

Minor pain is common after surgery. You can typically take over-the-counter pain medications to relieve any aches. It’s also a good idea to take a day or two off work to rest. That said, if your schedule is busy, you can often get by without time off.

Getting a dental implant could greatly improve your oral health and help complete your smile. That said, if you’re not careful after surgery, you risk complications. While recovery usually isn’t especially difficult, you’ll want to listen to your dentist closely and follow their instructions. Get in touch with. our team at Purple Vine Dental today if you’re interested in dental implants!

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