Three Steps to Take Before the Dental Implant Procedure

2 November 2020
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


The number of Americans receiving dental implants increased by 6.3% in 2019 and while the implant process is relatively low risk, there are steps you can take which enhance your odds of uncomplicated recovery. If you have a dental implant surgery scheduled soon, use these three steps to ensure your body is fully prepared for the process which lies ahead.

Quit Smoking

2020 has been a stressful year for many and smoking is often relied on as a stress reliever. However, smoking and oral surgery are not a good combination. Once the dental implant process begins, there are wounds in your mouth that need to heal and smoking inhibits the healing process. The nicotine found in cigarette smoke slows the rate that wounds heal because it slows the blood flow in your mouth. Additionally, nicotine in cigarette smoke has an impact on how your body can fight back against infections. Aim to stop smoking at least two weeks before your dental implant process begins to give your mouth a fighting chance to heal quickly.

Food Preparation

Immediately after the dental implant rods are inserted, you will experience minor face and gum swelling. Therefore, make sure your home is fully stocked with at least one week's worth of nutritious soft food. Eggs are a great source of protein and they can be poached, fried, or scrambled to make an easy meal. Additionally, consider soups, soft fruit like bananas, vitamin-rich juices, and smoothies as food and beverage sources. Your dentist will provide a more comprehensive food list if you ask them for it.

Rest Time

Your jaw and mouth will be tender after dental implants are done. This is because your mouth is open for some time while the implants are inserted. Then, after the procedure, your jaw bone grows around the implant rod so you may feel tenderness at the insertion site for some time. If possible, take a few days off work so you can rest and allow the facial swelling to recede before you head back to daily life. Sleep, hydrating water, and ice packs for swelling are the best way to help your body heal after surgery.

Use these three steps so your body the best chance of healing from the procedure with a low risk of infection. Your dentist will also provide a list of post-implant care directions so follow these to ensure you have the greatest chance of success. Contact clinics that provide dental implant services to learn more.