Dental Implant Aftercare
Dental implant placement is one of the leading tooth restoration procedures offered by cosmetic dentists. Because they believe that tooth loss is one of the most unfortunate situations their patients can experience, dentists want to provide patients with the best tooth replacements. Dental implants are commonly preferred by people who suffer from one or two missing teeth. This saves them from the risk of losing more teeth.
Before enduring dental implant procedures, you need to know more about how the procedure is done and what you need to do to for maintenance or aftercare. Dental implant placement is often conducted over two surgical procedures. The first surgical procedure prepares the gums for implantation and successfully attaches the implant on the jawbone. The second surgery involves the application of implant extensions and dental crowns that fully replace the missing tooth.
Close up of an implant model. It shows how the implant is put in and side molars to have crowns on them.
You should know that swelling and minor bleeding are minor occurrences after the surgery. You may also experience some pain or discomfort while your mouth is healing. To cope with these factors, you may need to follow some of these tips.
You should remember that cosmetic dentistry procedures, like dental implant placement, can cause the mouth to be sensitive. Before you can eat, you need to wait for the local anesthesia to wear off. You can eat solid foods, but you should avoid putting too much pressure on your teeth when eating. Cold drinks are safe for your consumption, but hot drinks should be avoided.
You should also know that swelling and pain is very normal within the first 48 hours after the surgery. To alleviate the pain and avoid infection, your dentist may recommend pain relievers and oral rinses. Remember not to touch your dental implants with your tongue, as it may provoke bruising. Use ice packs to ease swelling, and sleep with 2 or 3 pillows under your head to minimize bleeding.
Practicing good oral hygiene is important in keeping your dental implants safe from infection. However, you need to avoid brushing the area where the dental implant is installed. Use mouth rinse instead, to assure that the implant and its surrounding area is clean. For faster recovery, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as these can induce infections within your gums.