Do you suffer from the loss of one or more teeth? With dental implants, you can receive strong and natural looking tooth replacement. At The Silverstrom Group, we can complete every aspect of the implant procedure in-house, saving time and money. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, discuss the steps you should take to ensure proper healing and comfort following the initial placement of a dental implant. Placing the Implants First, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will perform a thorough examination of your smile. They must make sure you have the proper amount of bone tissue to support an implant. If not, you may require a bone graft. Otherwise, an implant post will be inserted directly into the jawbone. Once placed, the area will need to heal. As the area heals, the bone tissue will bond with the post, securing your implant. This process is known as osseointegration. Post-Operative Instructions As with any surgical procedure, you may experience mild discomfort following the placement of the implants. The pain medication prescribed to you may make you drowsy, so avoid driving or engaging in strenuous activity for the first 48-72 hours. Don’t smoke and try to eat only soft foods, nothing spicy or crunchy. You may try smoothies, mashed potatoes, yogurt, fish, oatmeal, or soup. In addition, you need to take plenty of fluids, but avoid anything carbonated or containing alcohol. YourLivingston NJ general dentists also recommend using a cold compress to control swelling and rinsing frequently with salt-water keep the area clean. Following the procedure, we will provide more detailed instructions. Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists Do you have any further questions or concerns regarding our post-operative instructions? If so, then talk to your Livingston NJ cosmetic dentists today. Dr. David Silverstrom or Dr. Gary Silverstrom will work with you to ensure a comfortable healing period following your implant procedure. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.