You may not have ever had issues with poor bone health. However, if an extended period of time has passed since missing a tooth, then you may have experienced bone loss in this area. The bone loss makes it difficult to install dental implants that will last for many years. In order to improve the success rate, your dentist will perform a bone augmentation procedure in order to build up the bone in this area. Once the procedure is completed, it is important to make sure that the recovery goes as smooth as possible. This can be difficult to get a handle of at a young age. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can use to make the recovery process as seamless as possible.
Avoid Using the Area to Chew
The area that you will get the bone augmentation will take a number of months to heal. While the best way to increase healing would be to stick to a completely fluid diet, this may become difficult to do after a few weeks. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you do not use the area to chew. This can be done by sticking to foods that require very little chewing and are easy to cut up. This means that you will be able to use one side of your mouth to chew the food and it can easily be swallowed. This may initially be difficult to do but as your mouth heals it should become easier.
Use an Oral Rinse to Thoroughly Clean the Area
You should avoid using a toothbrush directly on the area at least for a few weeks after the surgery is complete. While the area should remain bacteria free, using a toothbrush to accomplish this will only aggravate the area. You can keep your mouth and surgical site clean by turning to oral rinses. They are best used immediately after meals. This allows the rinse to break down bacteria and remove plaque and food without causing harm to your surgical area. In addition, you should make sure to use the rinse first thing in the morning and at night. You can pick up an oral rinse from your dentist or from your grocery store.
Getting a bone augmentation so young can quickly make you feel overwhelmed. However, if you follow these recovery tips, then the area should heal as quickly as possible.