Anyone who has suffered the embarrassment, indignity, and lifestyle alterations caused by tooth loss once in their life will want to avoid it ever happening again. Dental implants are an effective, permanent method of replacing teeth. With prudent aftercare, they can last a lifetime.
At Enhancedental in Leeds, skilled implant dentist Dr. Abdul Dalghous can carry out both simple and complex dental implants procedures. After implant surgery, patients will be provided with full aftercare instructions, both for the initial healing period and for the long-term after teeth have been restored.
Placing dental implants shouldn’t hurt at all. Surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic or sedation. Any post-operative discomfort is usually manageable with over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. Your dentist may give you a special mouthwash to use to aid healing, and you should follow his/her instructions on aftercare to the letter.
Once permanent new teeth have been restored, you need to develop an effective hygiene routine. Plaque can build up on these teeth, leading first to peri-implant mucositis (similar to gingivitis). Early symptoms of this condition, affecting the soft tissues around an implant, include swollen gums, which may bleed during tooth brushing.
You should report to your dentist immediately if you notice any such symptoms. As with gingivitis, this condition is perfectly treatable if caught early; but if it isn’t treated promptly, it can lead to peri-implantitis, a serious infection affecting the bone around the implant, with the potential to lead to implant failure.
As with most things, prevention is better than cure, and in this case prevention isn’t difficult. As long as your oral hygiene routine is up to scratch, you shouldn’t experience any problems.
Visit your hygienist once your dental implants have been loaded with permanent teeth, so that you can learn how to clean them effectively.
In as similar fashion to regular teeth, bridges and crowns attached to dental implants should be comprehensively brushed at least twice a day. Interdental brushes can help clean between the teeth.
If implant-retained dentures are removable, you again need to follow the same cleaning advice as for traditional dentures. Carefully remove them and clean them twice daily over a folded towel or basin of water.