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Dental Health and Food: Learning to Eat Better

My intense love for candy, cakes, and everything in between started as a child. I simply couldn't go one day without something sweet to eat. But my love for all things sweet took a toll on my teeth. My dentist diagnosed me with seven cavities, each one a different size and depth. After sitting through four long dental appointments, I decided to make a change. I now monitor my diet and only eat things that benefit my oral health. I'm here to help you take better care of your teeth. My blog offers tips on how to improve your diet, maintain good oral hygiene, and many other topics. Hopefully, you can learn to overcome your bad habits just as I did. Good luck with your future dental health.


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What To Expect Following Dental Implant Surgery

by Eric Bailey

Getting dental implants impacts your life in many positive ways. You have a healthier mouth, implants support the jawbone and muscles in your face for better contour, and you can finally have a smile you can be proud of. Even better—dental implants are nearly permanent for life with great care, which is a huge upgrade from classic dentures. The procedure, while relatively noninvasive, does do a number on your jaws and surrounding muscles. After all, the dental implant surgery requires drilling into your jawline to set your new teeth. Here are some things you should expect to experience following surgery so you aren't alarmed.

Pressure and discomfort

There will be swelling during the few days following your surgery, with the accompaniment of some pain or discomfort. This is normal, as your gums may swell due to the implants, and your jaw may ache a little. Your dentist may prescribe you a mild painkiller or advise you to take over-the-counter medication. If the pain is very sharp or increases over a few days rather than getting better or if you experience any fever along with your pain, call your dentist immediately for follow-up care.


You may wake up the next day or so following your implant procedure with bruising along your cheeks or even a black eye. This is very common, especially if you are getting upper dental implants. A cold compress can help reduce swelling if you are experiencing puffiness in your cheeks or under your eyes. The blackening and bruising will heal as your mouth recovers from your implant surgery and the swelling reduces naturally. Make sure you follow the dentist's orders for pain aftercare, and call them immediately if you notice swelling that makes it difficult to breathe or swallow, which is very rare but can indicate infection in your lymph nodes.

Tenderness when chewing

Even after the bruising and tenderness goes away, you may experience slight tenderness or pressure when you chew. This is due to your healing jaws, which are working hard to repair themselves after being drilled into and having your new teeth put in. Be patient and take it easy: chew soft foods, such as bananas, puddings, soups, and soft cereals, until your jaw has fully healed. Your dentist will give you further instructions on how to brush and care for your teeth if you are experiencing tightness in your jaws or face as you heal from your procedure.