If you have lost one or more teeth and would like to replace them, dental implants could be the life-changing replacement therapy that you are looking for. Unlike other teeth replacement solutions, such as dental bridges or dentures, implants are not only the most natural-looking, they are permanent too. Nonetheless, you should not undermine how serious dental implant surgery is.
Since the dentist will be making an incision into your gums and embedding the implant screw into your jaw, you need to take utmost care of the surgical site so that the implant can take place. Hence, it is natural that you may have myriad questions about how you can best do this. To help you with that, here are answers to some of the questions that you may have regarding the aftercare post dental implant surgery.
Will you be in pain throughout the healing period?
Unquestionably, the most common question that patients have about getting a dental implant is how severe the discomfort they will experience will be. To begin with, you will be slightly disoriented post-surgery, so you will need to have a responsible adult drive you back home. In addition to this, you should expect the surgical site to be raw and swollen for a few days. You may even notice minor bleeding from the implant site.
All these symptoms cause some pain, but you will be furnished with pain-relieving medication as well as antibiotics by your dentist. You must stick to the prescribed schedule for taking your meds, or else you stand the chance of experiencing severe pain or, in the worst-case scenario, an infection. You can also gently apply an icepack on the side of your jaw for further pain alleviation.
Will you be able to stick to your oral hygiene routine?
The last thing you would want to think about is brushing your teeth when you have a fresh wound in your mouth, but the reality is that you cannot overlook your regular oral hygiene routine. While you may be tempted to do so, you should remember that this leaves room for bacteria to breed in your mouth. Considering that the dental implant site will still be raw, microbes can easily infect the open wound, and this will lead to dire ramifications. So how do you clean your mouth?
For starters, you should purchase a dentists' recommended soft-bristles toothbrush. This type of brush will be gentle enough on your teeth and the area surrounding the surgical site. Secondly, gently gargle salty water, but do not spit it out forcefully. Rather, let it trickle out of your mouth to mitigate the risk of interfering with the healing of your implant.
Keep these tips in mind when looking to get dental implants.Share
2 September 2021
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