The secret to a successful implant procedure is successful healing. Without a strong bond between your dental implants and your jawbone, it’s more likely that your implants will become loose and fail. Caring for your self after your procedure is the best way to ensure thorough healing.
Before Your Implant Procedure
Ensuring a successful recovery begins before you have your implants placed. Your implant dentist will talk to you about any problems or existing issues you might have that could compromise your healing process. You should tell the dentist if you:
- Have diabetes or an autoimmune disorder
- Are taking medication for osteoporosis
- Have been diagnosed with gum disease
Your dentist will also evaluate the strength of your jawbone to be sure it will supply a solid foundation for your new teeth.
Some of these issues can be addressed before your implant procedure. If you have gum disease, this should be treated ahead of time. Smoking cessation can also increase your ability to heal. Your dentist might also recommend a bone graft or sinus lift to provide additional bone mass to anchor your implants.
After Your Implant Procedure
Placing dental implants involves oral surgery, so your aftercare is important for a complete recovery. Taking good care of yourself after your procedure will help you heal thoroughly and successfully. Aftercare is similar to that recommended for other oral surgery procedures. Your dentist will provide instructions, which will probably include:
- Rest for a day or two after the surgery
- Take any prescribed medications as instructed
- Use cold compresses to reduce swelling
- Rinse with warm salt water
- Avoid brushing for a few days
- Report any unusual symptoms to your dentist
Following these guidelines will help ensure your complete and successful recovery.
In some cases, you might require a procedure such as gum surgery, a bone graft, or a sinus lift before your implants can be placed. It’s equally important to take meticulous care of yourself after these procedures to ensure the success of your implants.
To discuss your own options, contact our office today!