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Whether you’ve had a tooth pulled out, an implant inserted or a filling added, a dental procedure can help you to feel much more confident about your appearance, reduce pain and prevent further dental problems.

But while there are many advantages to any dental procedure, the more invasive procedures can also unfortunately be painful and may take a while for you to fully recover from. This is a critical period for anyone who has just had any procedure, as the way you handle this recovery process might well impact on how successful the treatment ultimately is – as well as how quickly you’re able to overcome any pain or discomfort. Read on then and we will look at some of the things you can do to encourage a speedy recovery.

Speak to Your Dentist

The most important thing to do to help your recovery is to speak with your dentist. The best way to recover from any dental procedure is going to vary depending on the specific nature of that procedure as well as your own health and condition. Your dentist will be the person in the best position to instruct you on how to deal act following your procedure so make sure you listen to their advice and follow it to the letter.

Take it Easy

Even if you don’t feel in a lot of pain, any procedure can take it out of you mentally and physically so it’s very important to ensure you give your body a chance to recover. On the day that you get your treatment, make sure that you don’t have any other major plans and that you set the day aside for a little recovery. Try to get lots of sleep as well, as this is when the body is most active in repairing damage and healing wounds.

Ice

If you have any swelling, then the best thing to do is to apply ice packs to your face which can also help to numb any pain. Hold the ice against the affected area for about fifteen minutes at a time but not for longer as this can sometimes cause more damage.

Avoid Tough Food

Again, this will depend on the nature of the dental procedure you’ve had but in general it will be a good idea to avoid chewy or crunchy food which can cause you to disrupt new teeth, fillings or porcelain veneers. If you have a lot of pain and discomfort then you may also find it actually painful to chew – in which case you might choose to have powdered meals for a while.

Keep the Area Clean

On the advice of your dentist, you might want to try and disinfect the affected area occasionally. You can do this with a saline solution of salt and water – just rinse it in your mouth and swill around the open wound before spitting back out. This will kill off bacteria and that can in turn help you to avoid a possible infection.

Follow these tips, give it time and soon you’ll be eating gobstoppers again!