If you suffer from periodontal gum disease, you're not alone. Statistics show that roughly 50% of all US adults have periodontal disease. Unfortunately, periodontal disease is the leading cause of premature tooth loss in adults. If you've suffered premature tooth loss due to gum disease, your dentist may have recommended dental implants, which are a permanent way to replace missing teeth.
Before you have your implant surgery, it's important that you prepare for the recovery process. Your dentist will provide you with a complete list of after-care instructions. However, there are some things you can do to prepare for the recovery. Here are three steps you can take that will help you through the recovery process.
Arrange for Help
After you have your dental implant surgery, you'll be limited in what you can do around the house. For instance, you won't be able to bend over or lift heavy objects, as these activities can cause additional bleeding. Before your surgery, arrange to have friends or family members come in to help you for at least the first 24 hours following surgery.
Gather Your Medical Supplies
Following the surgery, you'll experience some pain and bleeding. You can prepare for that by having a supply of over-the-counter pain medication and medical gauze on hand. While the dentist will probably provide you with a prescription for pain medication, it can cause nausea at first, especially while you have an empty stomach after surgery. Use over-the-counter medication to take the edge off the pain until you can get something in your stomach.
You'll also need plenty of medical gauze to help alleviate bleeding. If the gauze is uncomfortable at first, soak it in water before placing it in your mouth. The water will soften the gauze and make it easier to bite down on. Be sure to press a small amount of the water out of the gauze before placing it in your mouth.
Make Your Own Ice Packs
You may notice some swelling and inflammation around your jaw and face. You can alleviate the problem by applying ice to the area. Ice cubes can be uncomfortable on your face, especially with the rough edges. Use these easy-to-make ice packs instead. Fill resealable plastic freezer bags with 2 cups water and 1 cup rubbing alcohol. Place the bags in the freezer prior to your surgery. The solution will freeze to a soft, slushy consistency, which will allow the bags to gently conform to the shape of your face.
If you're scheduled for dental implant surgery, get ready for the recovery in advance. The tips provided here will help you through the recovery process. Be sure to talk to your dentist about specific post-surgical instructions.