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Dental implants are a revolutionary opportunity in terms of teeth replacement. Not only do they replicate your natural teeth better than any other option, they also carry a remarkable success rate of over 98%! However, dental implants do require oral surgery. They are more invasive than simply getting a bridge or dentures. Therefore, there is a period of healing and recovery that must be carefully considered.

Dental implants involve a surgical procedure to insert a small titanium post (or posts) into the jawbone. Over time, the implant fuses to the surrounding bone and forms a secure foundation for your prosthetic tooth on top. Dental implants are a permanent solution for teeth replacement, and they stimulate your jawbone so that bone loss is avoided. While there are multiple stages in the process of getting dental implants, the healing period after your initial surgery is one of the most important. If your implants don’t heal properly, they may fail to provide a stable support system for your replacement teeth.

Here are five tips to ensure your healing and recovery from dental implants is positive:

Do Not Smoke
Smoking nicotine can significantly compromise your healing process. It constricts the veins and limits the amount of oxygen your oral tissues receive for healing and repair. Smoking as well as excessive alcohol use can slow and hinder healing after dental implants. You will be asked to stop smoking for a period of time before your implant surgery as well.
Eat Healing Foods
There are certain foods and nutrients that your body needs for ideal healing. Fueling your body with protein, calcium and lots of fruits and vegetables is important after any type of surgery. This works to boost your immune system, which can be weakened when your body is trying to heal itself after a surgical procedure. You’ll need a strong immune system to keep out infection from the site of the implants. Smoothies are an excellent choice for the first week or more after your dental implant surgery.
Rinse with Warm Salt Water
Salt water rinses are a time-tested and highly effective natural therapy for healing, especially within the mouth. A gentle rinse with lukewarm salt water can eradicate bacteria without irritating the surgical site. Plus, the body can use salt as a healing nutrient!
Apply Cold Compress
Minimal swelling and bruising can be expected after dental implant surgery. Simply applying a cold compress to the cheek or swollen area can help dramatically. A cycle of 15 min on and 15 min off can be used alongside your recommended medications for pain.
Do Not Forget to Rest
The body needs extra sleep when it is generating extra energy to heal itself. You should avoid strenuous exercise for a certain number of days, but also allow yourself to get more rest than usual. Consider your laziness as a pathway for your mouth to heal faster!

Have more questions about your post-operative healing period after dental implant surgery? We’d love to answer them. Dr. Roberts is an esteemed implant dentist who uses the latest techniques in restorative dentistry. Schedule your consult today!

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 43 reviews

Aly C.

This dental practice is a gem! The front desk staff are kind, efficient and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the clinical staff’s fantastic bedside manner. Everything was explained in advance and this was very appreciated. My teeth have never felt better! Love, love, love the hygienist that worked with me. She is a rockstar. Thank you to the whole gang!

Caitlin G.

I've been going to Crabapple dental for many years and I can honestly say Dr. Roberts and her team are by far the best. It's hard to find a good dentist that takes the time to get to know you and truly cares about your health. I knew Dr. Roberts was special when she filled a few cavities for me, then called me later that night to make sure I was ok. I feel at home when I'm there and they always treat me so well. Kelly is so wonderful! She takes her time and makes going to the dentist an easy task. I never stress about going because I know she'll take care of me. She is so pleasant and efficient; truly the best experience and I leave feeling great. Both Kelly and Dr. Roberts are so gentle and that is the most important thing to me. Dr. Roberts has the most updated equipment and beautiful office to give the best experience. I travel from downtown to see them because they are the best! Don't hesitate to make an appointment; you won't be disappointed!!

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123