Any surgery wound will take time to heal, whether it is a small stitch on your hand or a full incision in your body. This is nothing like dental implants, however, where the flesh is always wet and never has the chance to catch a dry break, so to speak. People always speak of waiting for the wound to dry before engaging that part of the body in normal activities.
As for implants, this is something to remember because post-op care is critical if your new tooth to take well to its surroundings. With peri-implantitis an apparent danger, there is a lot to lose than just the £1,000 you spent on your dental implants. The infection could grow all over your gums, leading to further complications.
What to Do
Multiple restrictions are common in any post-op situation, as dentists from Castle Ceramics may attest, though it may be doubly frustrating with anything that had to do with your mouth. In a sense, what you cannot do is a lot more palpable (so to speak) than anything you will do with a healing leg.
Nonetheless, here are things you must do for your implant to set:
Until the moment your dentist clears you for solid food, you are to eat liquids or anything fit for an infant’s consumption. You will do this for about a week or so, or for as long as the dentist advises. Your choices are not as restrictive, but fight the urge to go back to solids. It is important that the wound heals first.
It is safe to say that your implant is vulnerable, very vulnerable. This is why you are to eat soft food and to limit your physical activity. No sports and no exercise for the mean time, though you will be back to running as soon as possible.
(Not) Feeling the Pain
As the anaesthetic wears off, you will slowly feel the pain of the surgery, albeit not at full blow. This is also when you start taking pain medication to offset the numbing agent. Nonetheless, it will hurt from time to time, which will only reduce considerably once the wound starts to healing progressively. Stick to how often the dentist told you to take pain pills.
Unless yours is a very special case, you will get to do these things after your implant surgery. Do not rush your implant, as it will be a very complicated and unnecessarily expensive undoing.