Recovery


Recovering From a Complicated Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure

If you have had a cosmetic dentistry procedure that has required IV sedation, also known as “sleep dentistry,” you will need to follow some simple guidelines to recover as quickly and completely as possible.

IV sedation is most often used in more complicated cosmetic dental procedures, and can leave you feeling woozy, sleepy, or disoriented. You will not be able to drive yourself home following IV sedation.

Ask a trusted friend, family member, or colleague to help you get home and to fill any necessary prescriptions.

You will need to prepare in advance of your procedure, especially regarding scheduling the treatment itself. Late week appointments are good for complex cosmetic treatments, as they allow you to recover over a weekend while missing a minimum of work.
Your gums and teeth may be sore, causing you to restrict your diet while your mouth heals. Prepare a selection of soft foods you can eat safely and comfortably. Foods like pudding, tepid soup, yogurt, applesauce, gelatin, or cottage cheese are all appropriate choices following a complex cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Do not eat very hot foods, especially if your mouth is still numb. You could seriously burn your mouth and not realize it until later, when the anesthesia lessens. Do not eat foods that require chewing, and do not consume alcohol while you are taking any painkillers. Do not drive while you are recovering and taking medication. Do not smoke, as this can slow the healing process.

Take an over-the-counter painkiller that contains anti-inflammatory properties, such as ibuprofen. Apply ice packs if necessary to your cheeks and elevate your head while you rest. Wearing loose-fitting clothing to your appointment allows you to be comfortable both in the cosmetic dental office and at home.

Have some movies or books on hand to pass the time while you recover. Don’t plan to send any important emails or to conduct business on the phone until you ascertain how the pain medicines affect you. All patients react differently to medications and should take care.

Talk to your cosmetic dentist in Sarasota today to ensure a successful and comfortable recovery from your cosmetic dentistry procedure.

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Dental Implant Surgery Recovery

Recovery from dental implant surgery depends on a variety of factors, including the type of procedures necessary to complete your treatment.

Whether you have implant surgery in one stage or multiple stages, you may experience some of the following discomforts:

  • Minor bleeding
  • Pain at the implant site
  • Bruising or swelling of face and gums

Immediately following dental implant surgery, you will probably experience a few hours of numbness in your mouth caused by local anesthetic.

If your dentist uses IV sedation, you will continue to feel drowsy for a few hours after the procedure. You should plan to rest for a full day following dental implant surgery. You may need to take over-the-counter painkillers to relieve pain in the extraction site.

The first two weeks after dental implant surgery are the most important time of recovery. Taking steps to avoid irritating the extraction site and minimizing the risk of infection are crucial to the success of the implant being able to fuse properly to the jawbone. Your dentist will provide you with a list of aftercare instructions to ensure the success of your implant surgery. If your implant surgeon gives you antibiotics or other types of medication, make sure to take them as directed.

The process for dental implants fusing with the natural bone can take several months to complete. It is vital that you keep all follow-up appointments so your dentist can check the progress of the implant’s integration. This timeframe varies depending on individual cases and treatments.

Because dental implants look natural and give you the full functionality of normal teeth, they can make a significant difference in your quality of life. A successful dental implant procedure can last a lifetime, and the benefits you will gain from implants make the recovery and healing time minor.

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