If you are reading this article, chances are you have either recently had oral implants fitted or are interested in having them fitted. Good for you!
While relatively new to the world of cosmetic and restorative dentistry, oral implants offer patients who have a missing tooth or teeth a more permanent way to fill the gaps in their smile, without the somewhat wobbly aspects of dentures. Secured to the jaw, implants also feel more like real teeth to those who have them fitted, meaning that you will have no problems taking a bite out of an apple or chewing or a carrot stick. Fantastic!
In this article, we will be looking at tips to ensure that once fitted, your oral implants are successful and that you remain healthy and happy.
At Warrendale Dental, we know that while the skill of the dentist fitting the implants is important, the aftercare plays a significant role too. Once dental implants in Herefordshire are fitted, there are a few things that you can do to make sure that the entire procedure is successful. After all, we want you to leave our surgery with a great-looking smile!
And so, here are 5 tips to ensure that the aftercare of your dental implants in Herefordshire is at its optimum.
Take pain relief
Of course, as your dental implants in Herefordshire are being fitted, our team will make sure that your gums are sufficiently numbed to make the process as painless as possible.
Once at home, you may notice a bruised feeling as the medication used for the procedure wears off. This is normal, but to ensure you get a good night’s sleep, it is worth investing in some over the counter pain relief, you can check with us as to what would be suitable. If the discomfort fails to fade or worsens, contact our team for a follow-up appointment.
Soft food only!
Once fitted to your jaw, your implants need time to fuse with the bone to make them stable.
Therefore, until this occurs, you will need to eat healthy, softer foods to prevent the implants fusing at an odd angle. Similarly, it would be unwise to eat any spicy foods after the fitting is completed, as this will worsen any inflammation.
Rinses are a must
As odd as it sounds coming from a dental team, do not brush the implants until the gums are fully healed.
To keep the implant site clean, rinse the area with a lukewarm salt water rinse as often as you need to; this will help with inflammation too.
Similar to the softer food, it is advisable to invest in a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you accidentally come into contact with the implant site while brushing, the damage done will be minimal and will not cause any secondary complications.
Try as hard as you can to reduce any form of pressure to the implant site; as mentioned earlier, this can cause them to fuse at odd angles, come out or even to become infected. It’s always better to be safe than sorry with implants!