You’ve recently undergone a traumatic dental treatment and are somewhat at a loss of the next step. Every dentist will tell you that healing and recovery are vital to oral health restoration. The teeth, the gums, the entire mouth, they all need extra attention and monitoring to ensure the dental procedure is a success. A few tips that may contribute to your overall well-being after dental stress:
- Limit activity – For every tooth extraction or dental implant placement, or crown and bridge placed the amount of activity you engage in post-procedure needs to be scaled back. For the simple reason that anything that elevates blood pressure and heart rate could cause excess stress to your mouth. If post-procedure bleeding occurs, the type of activity you perform might have contributed.
- Ice and saline solution – Depending on the severity of the dental treatment, ice applied to the jawbone or swollen areas of the cheek, for a minimum of 30 minutes on and off, will most certainly reduce any further inflammation. Ice is always a go-to for any dental treatment, especially when applied directly to the outer cheek of the impact site. Saline solution is beneficial for encouraging the healing process and limiting infection in specific oral trauma zones.
- Soft foods – As your ability to chew or speak can be impaired for several hours or days, depending on the dental procedure, it’s a good idea to resort to soft foods that are neither too hot or too cold. Your dentist will provide you with a protocol that specifically caters to your procedure, however, any chewing is typically not allowed immediately after treatment. Your mouth continues to be numb from the sedation, and you might not be able to brush your teeth or use commercial mouth rinse for hours or days. Consequently, It’s difficult to remove foods that have gotten trapped in between the teeth. With a soft foods diet, there is no chewing and the texture of the food goes down the throat more easily.
- A reduced schedule – This goes along the lines of limiting activity, yet oftentimes it’s unavoidable to work less, sleep more, eat and drink in moderation, and forego your normal day-to-day routine after a dental treatment. Because our oral health is a primary indicator for the health of the whole of the body, reducing your schedule for a few days after a treatment will help the success of the treatment, no matter the scale. Being mindful of slowing down for a bit can also aid in reducing stress, which is a gateway to most health complications.
Applying The After-Care
Now that your dentist, Dr. Martin, has given you the tools on how to care for your oral health post treatment, you’ll be ready to heal and back on your feet in no time. Infections and inflammation are significantly reduced if you pay extra attention to your health and follow these tips after your procedure. Dr. Martin and his staff in W. Eric Martin, DDS, PC in Champaign, IL are poised to aid in your journey post-procedure. They welcome your questions regarding all aspects of your treatment, and will send you on your way with every tool imaginable for dental success. Your body will thank you. Your smile will thank you! We are waiting for your call, and are ready to include you as a new member to our dental care family.