Tips For Implant Wearers

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Whether you are young, middle aged or an older adult – dental implants may be a part of your life. Not only do they look good, but they can help to improve your self-esteem and confidence tremendously.

Tips For Implant Wearers

Before the procedure

You will have to go for a complete dental exam that will more that likely include X-rays and molds of your mouth. Followed by a treatment plan, your dentist will take into consideration the amount of teeth that need to be replaced and the current condition of your jawbone. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to properly care for your dental implants.

Oral health is very important to your overall health.

The procedure

Now it’s time for the procedure. This may be completed in only a few hours or can happen over several months, but it all depends on how many teeth are being replaced and your general oral health. It can take between 3-6 months for the implants to heal and for the bone in your jaw to fuse with the implant. Speak with your dentist for more information about the type of procedure you are eligible for, and how long your particular situation will take to complete.

You will be given a local anesthesia during the procedure to provide pain control. You need to make sure that you have arranged transportation home after the procedure, as you may be in no state to drive yourself afterwards.

After getting dental implants

Common side effects of implants include bruising, swelling and bleeding, but it should go down on its own after a short while. Use an ice pack on the cheek and jaw to help prevent swelling.

In the first week or so of recovery, a soft food diet is highly recommended. Examples of soft foods include: soups, oatmeal, noodles and ice cream. Try to avoid crunchy or hard food at this time, and ease back into these types of foods only after a few days have passed.

Tips for dental implant wearers:

  • Take care of your dental implants. Brush and floss, making sure your oral hygiene is always one of your top health priorities.
  • Your implants are vulnerable to stress. Try to avoid injuries to the mouth and nighttime clenching. These things can destroy the bond between the bone and the implant.
  • Go to the dentist for yearly visits. Even though your teeth are looking better, you want to ensure that your dentist is taking a look at your mouth and making sure your teeth and gums are in top shape.

Dr. Hagi and his team are available to answer any questions you may have about maintaining care for your dental implants. Find out more about the the services offered at the Thornhill Smile Centre here.

Contact us today to make your smile brighter!


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