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Post-operative Instructions for Implant Dentistry Patients

Jun 10, 2013 @ 01:19 PM — by A Boston Smile | Comments (0)
Tagged with: Dental Implants | Restorative Dentistry | Missing Teeth |

Dental Implant Post-operative InstructionsWhen you're missing a tooth or multiple teeth, there are plenty of aesthetic and functional dental issues to deal with. For one, when a person is missing just one tooth, it may make that person very self-conscious to smile, laugh, or speak, even around people that they've known for years. In addition, tooth loss can result in speech impediments, difficult eating, and even bone loss and gum recession.

It's for the above reasons that many people visit our Boston cosmetic dentistry center in order to get dental implants. We'd like to take a few moments right now to look at what patients can expect as they recovery from the implant dentistry surgery. This should give you an idea of what the months-long process involves.

About Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into the patient's jawbone and gum tissue. When in place, they can effectively hold an individual dental crown, a dental bridge, or a denture in place. During your dental visit, our cosmetic dentists in Boston will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

The Dental Implants Procedure

During the dental implants procedure, the dental implants will be rooted into the jaw bone through incisions in the gumline. The implants may be sutured beneath the gumline in order to improve chances of implant/tissue integration (osseointegration), though this depends on the patient and his or her individual needs. Below are some general guidelines for care after undergoing dental implants surgery.

What to Do in the First Days After Getting Dental Implants

In those first days after undergoing oral surgery for dental implants, the tooth gap will feel especially sensitive or sore. This is natural and any discomfort can be easily managed with the use of pain relievers. It's a good idea to concentrate on resting in these first few days, since this will help reduce any discomfort and post-surgical bleeding early on.

One of the most important things about caring for dental implants after surgery is to know what to eat. Soft foods that are lukewarm are ideal. If possible, do your best to chew with the side of your mouth opposite the dental implants. Also, be sure to avoid using straws as these can have a negative effect on your healing.

Something we cannot stress enough: DO NOT SMOKE until your dentist advises you otherwise. Smoking will affect your recovery time and overall ability to heal effectively.

Recommended Foods After Dental Implants Surgery

After getting your Boston dental implants placed, you may be wondering what foods you should eat. Some foods to consider include:

  • Plain yogurt
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Chicken soup

Foods to Avoid After Dental Implants Surgery

Some foods and beverages to AVOID include:

  • Strawberries
  • Kiwis
  • Fruits with small seeds
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Carbonated beverages

Do NOT eat these foods until your dentist informs you that it is okay.

Caring for Your Dental Implants In the Long Run

Dental implants are great for long-term dental health, making them an effective restorative dentistry treatment. When it comes to long-term care for the dental implants and implant restoration, just be sure to care for your teeth as you normally would: brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups.

Be sure to clean your dental bridge or denture as your dentist advises. This will not only keep your mouth looking beautiful but will also help maintain a great overall appearance for your natural teeth for years to come.

Schedule a Restorative Dentistry Consultation

For more information about all of your options for advanced dental care, be sure to contact our Boston cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health.

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