Dental Implants are a wonderful way to replace missing teeth with certain factors like overall general health and the length of time you had the missing tooth to be considered. The replacement of missing teeth using dental Implants frequently requires a planned approach. After a thorough examination and treatment plan, the surgical phase of treatment takes place & Implant is inserted and is similar to the artificial root into the jaw. When healing is complete, usually after 4-6 months, the tooth or bridge segment can be placed on top of the healed Implants. It is advisable to get your Implants from a trained or a Certified Implantologist.
The first step is an examination and consultation to determine whether or not you are a candidate for Implant treatment. During the examination, the Dentist will be evaluating the area(s) of your mouth both clinically and radiographically where teeth are missing and assessing the amount of bone available to support the placement of Implants. The Dentist will further evaluate the quality and quantity of available bone to determine the number of Implants necessary as well as whether additional procedures may be needed to obtain the desired functional and esthetic result. If you have already lost a significant amount of bone, typically The Dentist will be evaluating the possibility of procedures to add (graft) bone or create new bone.
You should plan to rest for the remainder of the day. If a sedative has been prescribed, you must arrange for someone to accompany you to and from the surgery appointment. Generally, you will be able to resume your normal activities the following day. However, if more than one Implant has been placed, you may wish to minimize your level of activity for a couple of days. Heavy physical activity should generally be avoided for a few days. You may be ready to return to work one to two days after the surgery.
Some swelling and discomfort is to be expected following the surgery. Careful attention to postoperative instructions will help minimize this. The use of ice on the face and over the area of surgery is highly recommended for the rest of the day of surgery and as needed on the following day. An effective ice pack can be made with a small package of frozen vegetables.
A pain-killer will be prescribed as needed after the surgery. It is best to take one tablet before the local anesthetic wears off, then use as needed for the next few days. Generally, if you can keep the swelling to a minimum; as described above, the amount of pain will be surprisingly little.
In some cases, an antibiotic will be prescribed. If this is the case, please take this medication to completion according to the instructions.
There is generally very little bleeding following Implant surgery. Please maintain pressure on the damp gauze which has been placed in your mouth for at least an hour and repeat as necessary through the day.
You may wish to use an astringent mouth rinse such as Listerine or Scope starting 48 hours after the surgery to clean your mouth. Rinse gently without vigorous swishing three or four times a day. It is best if you avoid rinsing for the first 48 hours after the surgery.
The Implants have been placed in the bone and the gum sutured over the area to seal the Implants. It is very important to allow the gum to heal properly during the first two weeks after the surgery. The best way to help the gum heal is to avoid chewing any food which would disturb the gum health. Soft food is advised for the first two weeks after Implant surgery. In addition, you will be more comfortable if you avoid very spicy foods.
The sutures will generally be removed two weeks after the Implant surgery. You must return to have this done as they will not dissolve.
If the gum appears to open up in any area, or if you develop a "gumboil" in the area of surgery, please make sure to come in as soon as possible. Please telephone us if you are unsure about whether a problem is occurring.
Smoking has a very bad effect on Implant healing and the success of Implants. You should avoid smoking for at least the first two months after the Implants have been placed. Better yet, please quit smoking as it will improve your prospers of long term success.
Alcoholic beverages should be avoided for the first 72 hours after surgery since it will slow the initial healing process.
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