After my Implant is Fitted – FAQ
After the procedure, you wil be advised not to smoke, eat spicy food, spit, or drink through a straw until otherwise instructed. The pressure involved with spitting or drinking with a straw can have adverse effects on the implant.
You should avoid chewing on the implant side for a specific time that Dr Patel will advise .A special mouth rinse and tooth brushes will be provided to you to promote optimal healing. So long as you client keeps the area clean and comes in for regular check-ups, your dental implants should last a lifetime.
You will be advised to see a dental hygienist regularly.
In the first few hours after the operation you should keep cooling your cheek from the outside to reduce any swelling. It is best to keep ice cubes or a couple of cool packs ready.
If you lie down this will increase the blood pressure in your head. It is better to sit in the first few hours after the operation. Light movement will also help. You should avoid exertion and exercise for a few days.
Avoid eating and drinking hot beverages until the effect of the local anaesthetic has worn off.
Light foods like vegetables, salad or fish are ideal before the sutures have been removed. Rubbery foods that require strong chewing may cause inflammation and should be avoided
Coffee may cause post-operative bleeding and problems with wound healing. The same goes for black tea, coke drinks, alcohol and nicotine. You should avoid these for the first few days after the operation.
You should always chew on the other side of the wound so long as the wound is not fully healed. But it is not serious if the wound does come into contact with food. Always rinse your mouth out well with warm water after eating.
You can clean your teeth again on the same day as the operation. You should clean your teeth again no later than the day after the operation to prevent the formation of plaque and bacteria that may cause inflammation in your mouth. Keep clear of the actual area of the wound. Use a soft toothbrush just in case you do accidentally come into contact with the wound. Do not use an electric toothbrush or a dental water jet.
You may experience pain depending on how many implants you have received. However, it can normally be controlled with a normal pain reliever such as paracetamol. It is best to sleep with your head slightly elevated for the first night.
The sutures are normally removed seven to ten days after implant placement.
Depending on which implant system has selected for you, a gum shaper will be placed on the implant after a few weeks. It will be replaced by the final denture later.
Does the gum former feel uncomfortable in the mouth?
Not really. Most patients become accustomed to it after a few hours. However, be careful not to touch it frequently with your tongue or fingers. And clean it lightly with your toothbrush.
After the implant has been installed, some swelling or bruising is normal. However, generally you can resume a normal life the day after the operation.
Thorough daily brushing and flossing is essential to ensure a long-lasting result. It is particularly important to clean the interdental spaces and the transition areas to the gum. Bacteria can colonize these areas quickly and can attack the gum and over time the jawbone around the implant.
Our dental hygienist will show you the proper way to take care of your new teeth and will advise you on the long term care of your implant which is so important to ensure it lasts a lifetime.
If you wear a denture on your implants, you should clean not only the denture but also the attachment components emerging from the gum twice a day with the toothbrush. And this is important: clean all around the connection to the jaw with a fine interdental brush.
An implant-supported prosthesis is normally so firmly fixed that it can remain in position at night without any danger. If you wish, you can leave your prosthesis in place around the clock. However, a conventional prosthesis should be removed at night because it may come loose during sleep and may block the airways.
No more than they would natural teeth. Your dentist will recommend what kind of toothpaste to use to prevent this.
No, since the dental implants are non-magnetic they will not trigger a metal detector.