Dental implants were invented by Per-Ingvar Branemark, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, in 1952. The dental implant replaces the roots of the missing tooth with metal — just like screws — and replaces decayed, misplaced, and absent teeth with artificially made teeth that resemble a natural tooth. It is a good alternative to bridgework or dentures that are not fitting well and are uncomfortable. They are placed carefully on the jawbone, where they are used as the root of absent teeth. These implants won’t slip because it is made up of titanium which fuses with the jawbone in a few months.
Let’s get started with some aftercare tips:
● Eating Habits Post-Surgery
On the day of surgery, it is advised to have cold beverages or cold drinks. As important as staying hydrated, it is very important to avoid hot items like soup, coffee, etc. It is very important not to have anything until and unless the effect of anesthesia has worn off.
Avoid chewy or food that requires a hard bite from the implant site. Also, try avoiding food that can get stuck. This can cause infection. More often than not, patients return to a normal eating routine within seven to ten days.
● Oral Hygiene
A good oral hygiene routine can promote healing. Be gentle while flossing or using mouthwashes. Do lukewarm saltwater rinses four to five times a day, especially after meals. Be careful while using a toothbrush on the implant site.
● Taking Antibiotics
If your dentist prescribes you to have antibiotics, then you have to take them and finish their course.
To recover quickly, one must choose a healthy lifestyle too. The process of healing can be slowed down by the consumption of alcohol, nicotine, etc. Such substances can slow down the process of healing by affecting the immune response and reducing the blood flow to various soft tissues.
● Long-Term Care
Once the healing has been done and the replacement teeth are well-fitted, they have to be looked after just like the natural teeth. Tooth cleaning must be done without any fail. Otherwise, this can lead to bacteria buildup and inflammation. To avoid this, brush twice every day, floss properly, and visit your dentist from time to time. These will definitely help in keeping them clean and healthy.
Get dental implants from Dr. Knaysi, DDS, and his team of dental assistants at Henrico, VA. For more details and appointments call us at (804) 282-6005, book online, or visit us at 8921 Three Chopt Rd #304, Henrico, VA 23229.