Dental Implants Aftercare
Did you recently have a dental implant placement? Planning to? Have a friend or family who is about to get one? Then you might be wondering what a dental implant looks like, what to do, and not do after getting one.
This article explains how to take care of your teeth after a dental implant. Read on!
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are dental fixtures that are permanently fixed to your jawbone. This dental fixture acts like the root of your tooth. This fixture is often made from titanium, which does not corrode over time. It is also used because most times our body doesn’t reject it.
They often serve as the foundation that will hold a dental bridge or crown.
Dental implants comprise three parts:
- Body or fixture. This is the implant itself. The one that will be cemented to the jawbone.
- Abutment. This is the extended portion of the fixture, where the protheses lie on
- Prosthesis. This can be either a dental crown, bridge, or denture. This is the visible part of the whole setup. It resembles the rest of your teeth
Depending on the region where you live dental implants can cost somewhere between $3000-$5000. Check if your insurance can cover(full or in part) the cost of dental implants, as most don’t.
Types Of Dental Implants
The two major types of dental implants are:
- Endosteal implants: They’re fixed to the bone, that’s your jawbone. It’s
the most common type of implant and it is safe.
- Subperiosteal implants: they’re fixed to your guns, where they rest on top of the jawbone. They’re not used again as they’re not safe.
Dental Implants Aftercare
- Bring a friend or family member.
Before the surgery, you can go to the hospital with a friend or family who can stay with you and also drive you home. This is because anesthetic drugs or injections will be given to you before the procedure to numb the pain and this can leave you disoriented.
- Oral hygiene and care.
Use the mouthwash recommended by your doctor or ask which one to use. Avoid using a toothbrush for the meantime on the affected area as this may cause bleeding. You can only use one, days after the surgery when you have healed somewhat.
- Food intake
Avoid eating hard foods or food that requires a lot of chewing. Stick to soft food that is easy to chew. Avoid food that is too cold or hot
Avoid physical exercise or activities the day of the surgery or after.
Your mouth will swell after the surgery and this can last 2-3 days before it goes down. It’s nothing to be scared of. Just put some ice cubes in a bag and wrap it with a towel. Press it to the affected area. Do this every 20-30mins on the day you had the surgery and the next day.
Alternatively, you can gently swish salt water around your mouth to reduce inflammation.
- A regular check-up with your doctor
The area where the implant is done should heal well if the surgery is done right. The stitches are also dissolvable. But you can regularly check with your dentist to see if the healing is progressing as it should.
- Prevent further complications
Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol to facilitate healing and to stop further complications.
Long Term Care
- Practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice daily. Floss too. This is to avoid getting your teeth infected and swollen
- Don’t use sharp objects on your teeth
Dental implants are a great solution for people who are missing a tooth or with any other dental condition that requires an implant.
But it’s important to take care of the teeth after surgery to avoid complications.