After receiving dental implants, proper care following the operation is critically important to healing. The following are best practices for post-operative care.
On the day of a dental implant surgery procedure, you should only consume nourishing liquids such as smoothies, yogurt, applesauce, or soups. However, avoid using straws while consuming these liquids, as sucking can delay the healing process and aggravate the surgical site. Afterward, you can reintroduce solid foods to your diet at a pace you’re comfortable with. Extremely hot foods and foods with sharp edges (such as chips, cereal, or pretzels) should not be consumed until healing is complete. In addition, avoid heavily spiced dishes since they can increase sensitivity after the procedure, and avoid sticky foods because they can affect the surgical area, including sutures and intermediate crowns. Finally, be careful to not chew immediately over the surgery area.
Because physical activity may lead to post-operative bleeding and discomfort, you should limit any physical activity for the first 24 to 48 hours. While lying down, elevate your head with a pillow. Keep in mind that it’s not uncommon for blood to continue oozing for 24 to 48 hours after oral surgery, so you may need to place a towel over your pillow to avoid stains from blood in your saliva.
It’s normal to experience pain and discomfort immediately after dental implant surgery. Use any medication your prosthodontist prescribed according to the directions as needed. Additionally, you can use a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as Advil, Motrin, or Aleve. Be sure to avoid taking any of these medications on an empty stomach, as this may lead to nausea.
You should expect some swelling after dental implant surgery, and it will not reach its maximum until two to three days after the procedure. Minimize swelling by applying an ice pack to the cheek next to the surgery area. Apply ice for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the first 48 hours of the post-op dental surgery period, but be sure to stop on the third day. In addition, make sure you take any medication prescribed for swelling as directed. Whether a single implant or an All-On-6 dental implant procedure, it’s important to give yourself the time and tools to heal after surgery. For more information about the surgical or healing process for oral procedures, contact Northwest Implant Dental Spa at our office in Wheeling, IL.
Having severely damaged or missing teeth often affects how a patient eats, speaks, and smiles, and it can also cause healthy teeth to shift. Crowns, bridges, and implants are the most common restoration options for patients with broken or missing teeth, but because each treatment is different and entails its own procedure, patients may wonder which option will best fit their needs. Here’s a look at the difference between each restorative method.
As their name implies, dental crowns are placed on top of broken or worn teeth to strengthen them and help improve their feel and appearance. Crowns can also be used in the case of a missing tooth that has been replaced by a dental implant. Unlike dentures, which can be removed from the mouth as needed, dental crowns are cemented into place on a damaged tooth or dental implant, so removing and replacing one will require a trip to the prosthodontist.
The gap left behind from one or more missing teeth can visibly affect a patient’s smile and cause discomfort and difficulty chewing. Dental bridges cover this gap by anchoring to nearby natural teeth or dental implants and replacing the missing teeth with an artificial tooth. Bridges can be especially useful in cases where there is jawbone loss, and they offer a quick, simple, and non-surgical tooth replacement alternative to dental implants. They can, however, put extra strain on nearby anchor teeth or implants; it’s crucial that nearby teeth are strong enough to safely support a bridge.
Severely damaged or missing teeth can be replaced entirely with dental implants, which are a more complete and permanent option than crowns and bridges. Implants consist of an artificial titanium tooth root that’s surgically implanted directly into the jawbone below the gum line. The prosthodontist can attach an artificial tooth or a bridge to the surface of an implant to replace the missing tooth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants require little maintenance and often last a lifetime.
Broken and missing teeth can have serious adverse effects on your oral health; finding a replacement option that works for you can make a difference in daily activities that may have become difficult, like chewing and speaking. Our team at Northwest Implant Dental Spa provides patients in Wheeling and the greater Chicago area with crowns, bridges, implants, and oral surgery. Schedule an appointment today by contacting us online for quality oral care.
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