4 top tips For Reducing Pain After Dental Implant Surgery
One of the most effective ways to replace missing or broken teeth is through dental implants in Richmond. At Sheen Dental we’ve successfully fitted many implants and one of the questions that people ask us is “Will I be in pain after the surgery?” The truthful answer is that like most surgical procedures there is likely to some degree of discomfort. However for most patients this pain is easily managed and recovery is relatively short. With this in mind, here are 4 top tips…
Analgesics or pain-killing medication are one of the most effective ways of dealing with post operative pain. For many patients, simple over-the counter pills are the easiest and indeed most effective way of making them feel comfortable. Pills such as ibuprofen and nurofen are often ideal. For those who have experienced more complex forms of surgery relating to implants such as bone grafting and sinus lifting, then they may feel more comfortable relying on a stronger prescribed pain killer for the first couple of days.
Hot and cold compresses
For the first 48 hours after surgery then a cold compress gently placed on the area at 15 minute intervals (eg, 15 on and 15 off) can really help to bring down swelling. In addition the numbing sensation of the cold should also ease any pain you might have. Only after 48 hours (and once any swelling has gone down) should you apply a warm compress. This promotes circulation and helps to soothe the area.
Limit your activity
For the first 72 hours it’s always best to limit any activity. Especially anything strenuous that will impinge upon the healing time. Even if you’re feeling good it’s best to avoid anything that involves bending down. After 72 hours and provided all is well, you should be able to resume mild exercise.
Watch what you eat
Even though you feel you deserve a nice juicy steak after going through the implant process, it’s best if you stick to soft foods, at least for the first 72 hours. Any foods that don’t exert pressure on your jaw and gum are ideal. Foods like soup, yoghurt, mashed potato, porridge, eggs and even fish are okay to eat providing you’re careful, but for best results, try to chew on the opposite side to your implant.
So there you have it 4 simple tips to reducing pain quickly after undergoing treatment for dental implants. In Richmond, here at Sheen Dental, post-operative care is part and parcel of our treatment plan and as such we make sure that all our patients understand exactly how to take care of themselves, especially in those vital first few days after surgery. If you need any information on post operative care or any other aspect of the implant process, then don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk.