If you are getting dental implants, there are a lot of things you need to know about the recovery process. You won't be back to normal the same day as you are when you get a dental filling done, since your body will need some time to recover. Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure your recovery goes smoothly.

Apply Gentle Pressure

You should apply gentle pressure to your dental implants to help stop the bleeding. You'll likely be sent home with some gauze, but it can help to have extra on hand. Try making the gauze a little bit damp when you put them in your mouth. Soaking wet gauze is not going to stop bleeding, and dry gauze can soak up a blood clot. 

Use Cold Compresses

Don't make the mistake of using compresses that are the wrong temperature. Use cold compresses that are going to reduce swelling and avoid drawing blood to the area. You can place the cold compress inside of a cloth so that it does not harm your skin, and place it against the outside of your mouth for short rotations with it off and on. Don't leave the compress on your skin for too long at once. 

Avoid Exercise

Feeling a bit like a couch potato and can't wait to get back to exercising? You may want to hold off for about the first week after the implants are placed in your mouth. Exercising is going to cause your blood pressure to increase, which increases the potential blood flow to your mouth. This can cause the surgical sites of the implants to be more likely to bleed and be problematic in your recovery. Use the week or so following the surgery to relax while you recover. 

Avoid Chewing Hard Foods

You need to be careful with how much pressure you put on your dental implants following the surgery. That is why you should avoid chewing anything that is tough and requires force to bite through. A good rule to follow is to try breaking the item apart with two fingers. For example, you are not going to be able to break apart meat with your fingers, but you could break apart soft vegetables. You should also avoid anything that can cause you to accidentally chew on something that is too hard, such as popcorn that could have hard kernels inside it. 

Contact a dentistry, such as Apollo Dental Center, for more information.