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Medications That Can Hamper Healing After Implants

Posted on 11/23/2016 by Keith M. Cooper
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Getting dental implants is a major process that requires surgery to place metal rods into your jawbone. During the healing process, implants can become inflamed and painful. To counter this, your dentist will give you some aftercare instructions, including some medications that can be used.

It is important that you make sure to follow your dentist's instructions, as certain types of medication have a good chance of inhibiting the healing process once your implants are in place.

Implants Need Time to Heal

Remember, you have just had a major surgery, and like any other surgery, recovery is not going to be immediate. In fact, you should be prepared for a period of time-probably 3-5 days-where the discomfort is severe enough to require that you use one of the medications your dentist gave you to help manage pain, swelling, and bleeding.

However, you should not become impatient and try to speed the healing process by using other medications. Certain medications-most notably the ones that inhibit or slow the clotting process-can extend the healing process after you have received your dental implants.

Avoid Any Medications That Your Doctor Has Not Approved

Because the complexity of the interaction between your body and all the medications available is far beyond the scope of this blog, keep in mind that your dentist will be able to discuss your specific medications and tell you whether they are fine for you to take.

To this end, you should take a list of any medications you may be using to your dentist well before your procedure so that he or she can review it and tell you whether you can take them after surgery.

Getting implants is the first step to a better life, but you need to be sure to consult with your dentist and follow his or her instructions. This will help you heal faster and with less chances of complications.

Please contact us if you have any questions about medications, and your dental implants.
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