Will Drinking Alcohol Affect My Dental Implants?

If you are planning on getting dental implants or if you have recently had dental implant surgery, you should be aware of the risks posed by alcohol. Alcohol can affect the body in a number of different ways, both systemically and locally, which may pose particular challenges to those who have recently had dental work performed.

Prolonged Healing

Alcohol can lead to delays in wound healing, which may result higher chance of dental implant failure. Slower healing could be caused by the local interaction of alcohol with a newly formed blood clots or due to systemic changes in the liver which decrease the body’s ability to produce important proteins involved in the healing process.

Harmful Drug Interactions

Plenty of people make the mistake of taking painkillers in combination with alcohol after dental implant surgery. They mistakenly think that the combination of both will reduce the pain when the truth is that these two drugs often have potentially harmful interactions. Trailhead Dental recommends avoiding alcohol while you are taking any prescription pain medication.

Perhaps the best reason to avoid alcohol after your dental implant surgery is that it actually dilates the blood vessels within the mouth, making the gums and areas around your implants even more sensitive.

Blocked Nutrient Utilization

The days and hours leading up to and following your surgery are critically important. This is your body’s chance to absorb vitamins and minerals. Nutrients increase the rate of speed at which the implant and bone fuse together. The consumption of alcohol can actually block your body’s utilization of such key nutrients, which will slow down the healing process.

Increased Pain

Perhaps the best reason to avoid alcohol after your dental implant surgery is that it actually dilates the blood vessels within the mouth, making the gums and areas around your implants even more sensitive. Any inflammation or pain will be highlighted thanks to this increase in sensation.

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Dehydration

It is important to consume water after your dental implant surgery. Water will hydrate your mouth along with the rest of your body. Consuming alcohol in the aftermath of your dental implant surgery is actually one of the worst decisions you can make. Alcohol immediately dehydrates the body, causing significant water loss. Do not put such a strain on your already fatigued body in the hours or days after your surgery.

If you have any questions about dental implants and the recovery process, do not hesitate to call the staff at Trailhead Dental.