Many cosmetic procedures have a recovery time. In the world of cosmetic dentistry, this is no different.
While some procedures like dental veneers or whitening do not require recovery time, more complex options like the fitting of oral implants will understandably require a bit more TLC once you get home.
Even though the fitting of oral implants is simple, once you are home, there is a lot that your body needs to recover from and therefore, it is wise to know what to expect and how to handle the most common eventualities.
Of course, your dentist will probably advise you on how to manage the swelling and soreness for the first few days post-fitting, but in the months that follow the procedure, there are a few things you can do to speed up the healing time and to ensure your dental implants from Herefordshire are healthy.
How do you ensure that your implants remain in top shape while they heal? Read on to find out!
Probably the strangest piece of advice you will ever receive from a dentist is to not brush your teeth!
However, in those first few days after your dental implants near Herefordshire are fitted, it is essential that you do not brush the implant or the surrounding implant site. Brushing may aggravate the stitches and cause inflammation, which will prolong the healing time. Once all of the normal inflammation and soreness reduces naturally, then you can gently brush the implants and the surrounding gum.
While smoking is not a healthy habit to engage in generally, once an implant is fitted, it can form problematic swellings while allowing chemicals to enter the bloodstream through the open gum.
Of course, once your gum has healed, smoking is still not great for your oral implants, due to the recession of the gums that smoking causes. This can weaken the support for the implants, and cause them to fall out. Not a good look!
No missed appointments!
After the implants are fitted, you will be required to attend your dental surgery for a few check-ups in relation to the fitting.
While it is vital that you attend these appointments, in the months that follow, you must also attend regular dental check-ups with your dentist and hygienist. Many patients assume that once implants are fitted, dental appointments are no longer required but this is simply not true.
Only a dentist will be able to identify any subtle issues that may occur with your implants and will be able to suggest a suitable solution. Indeed, many minor issues in the mouth, such as slight inflammation or swellings can have a catastrophic effect on the long-term health of your implants and so, it is extremely important to attend all dental appointments post fitting.
If you can follow all of these pieces of advice, then your oral implants will last a lifetime!