Dentist checking a woman's toothCongratulations on complaeting the first part of your dental implant procedure. Now, you are one step ahead to achieve the smile you have always wanted.

Dental implants are one of the preferred treatment options in Enfield for patients who need a replacement for their lost teeth. Now that you have a titanium device implanted in your jawbone and you can see the abutment sticking out from your gums, you need to follow the right aftercare measures to ensure that your mouth heals quickly. Otherwise, you might run into a complication.

1. Use an ice pack to abate swelling.

Pain and swelling are normal after the procedure. Use an ice pack and apply it on your cheeks — over the implant site — to numb the swelling and reduce inflammation. If swelling still occurs after the first two days, use a hot pack or a warm towel instead.

2. Take your medication.

Your dentist will prescribe analgesics or painkillers, such as Advil or Ibuprofen, to help you deal with the pain. They may recommend antibiotics to help combat infection, as well. Make sure you take everything.

3. Eat soft foods.

Limit yourself to soft, pureed food for the first couple of days. Avoid hot and spicy food, like chilli, as this can worsen the inflammation. Hard and crunchy food, such as ice cubes, raw carrots and nuts, are off limits, too.

4. Avoid strenuous physical activity.

Hold off any exercise on the first several days after surgery, as strenuous physical activity can cause the bleeding to worsen and delay healing. It is best to sit or lie down with your head elevated. When sleeping, be careful not to sleep on the side of the implant.

5. Clean your mouth as prescribed.

Brush your teeth as you normally would, but avoid running the brush on the site of the implant. Instead of flossing, your dentist may recommend using a warm salt rinse four to five times a day to keep your mouth clean.

After dental implant surgery, pay particular attention to taking care of your mouth. This helps the implant area recover faster so that you can move on to the second part of the procedure with no issues.