If you're suffering from periodontitis that's not responding to treatment, your dentist may recommend that you have your teeth extracted and replaced with dental implants. Unlike traditional dentures that can be removed, dental implants are surgically implanted into your jawbone.
Because it's a surgical procedure, it will take some time for your mouth to completely heal. In addition to the instructions your dentist will provide you with, here are a few other tips that will help you prevent problems during the healing process.
Remember the Hot and Cold of It
After you have the procedure done, you'll be on a liquid or soft-food diet for the first 24 hours. It's important that you limit your food and drinks to cold items. Cold items will soothe the pain and reduce the swelling in your gums.
Cold foods and drinks will also slow down the bleeding you may be experiencing at the surgical site. Heat can increase the amount of bleeding you experience. So hot foods should not be consumed until the bleeding has completely stopped.
Buy a New Toothbrush
You're going to have surgery on your mouth. That means you'll be susceptible to infections while you're healing. Your old toothbrush may have millions of germs and bacteria lingering on the bristles.
Before you go in for your implant procedure, buy a new toothbrush and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Leave the toothbrush in its package until after your surgery. While you're recovering from the procedure, rinse your toothbrush off with peroxide and allow it to air dry after each use.
The swelling around the surgical site may actually increase the amount of pain you experience. You can reduce the swelling and alleviate pain by applying ice packs. You can place ice cubes or crushed ice in plastic baggies. However, because of the hard edges, ice isn't always comfortable after surgery.
These easy-to-make icepacks may provide you with better relief after surgery, especially since they freeze to a thick slushy consistency. Pour equal parts water and rubbing alcohol in a resealable plastic baggie and place it in the freezer. Allow liquids to freeze for several hours and then place the pack directly on your face. Use the icepack several times a day. Place the icepack in the freezer whenever it loses its chill.
If you know you're going to have implant surgery, you can help speed up the healing process by preparing ahead of time. For more information, contact Dentures By Denturists or a similar location.