Things to Consider Before and After Dental Implant

Dental implants are the first solution that comes to mind once teeth are lost or are on the verge of being lost due to ageing, hard blows to the mouth, or problems with oral health in general. 

Dental implants are placed in the jawbone to replace the lost tooth and are intended to mimic tooth roots. It can be in the form of a screw or root and is produced from titanium, thus providing biological compatibility with the body. 

Patients are interested in this application due to its numerous aesthetic and health advantages, such as filling the gap left by missing teeth and blocking jawbone resorption. So, what should be considered before and after dental implants?

Things to Consider Before and After Dental Implant

Deciding Whether You are a Good Candidate for Dental Implants

The fact that even stronger and more aesthetic-looking teeth can replace your missing teeth with an operation you will undergo sounds very nice at first. But before undergoing this operation, it should be considered whether you are suitable for dental implants. 

To have dental implants, you should have a jawbone that's reached total growth and adequate bones to secure the implants. Also, it would be best if you had healthy oral tissues to support the procedure. Besides, it would be best if you didn't have any health conditions affecting the bone healing process.

Knowing the Process is Crucial

As we mentioned above, there are many elements to consider when it comes to dental implants. First and foremost, you should be aware that you will be involved in a process that can take months, including the planning of the operation, because dental implant surgery is usually performed in stages according to your needs. In the first stage, your doctor will meticulously analyse your mouth using dental X-rays and 3D images. To get the healthiest and most aesthetic result, they will create a plan by taking into account the general structure of your mouth, jaw structure and face, and the health of your gums and bones.

Following this analysis and planning, the process may include some or all of the procedures listed below:

  • Damaged tooth removal,
  • Jawbone preparation (grafting),
  • Dental implant placement,
  • Bone growth and healing,
  • Abutment placement,
  • Artificial tooth placement,

Finding a Trustworthy Clinic

As it can be understood, when it comes to dental implants, a long and detailed process awaits you from the planning stage to the day of operation. Therefore, when considering before and after dental implants, you should make sure that you choose a good clinic and dentist to get the best results in terms of aesthetics and health. And you should make sure that your clinic uses known and high-quality implant brands. 

Milano Clinic, which keeps your health and wishes before everything, provides dental aesthetics and dental implant services as well as body, facial aesthetics and hair transplantation.

Knowing the Benefits of Dental Implants

Aside from replacing missing teeth, dental implants have several other advantages. For this reason, knowing these advantages will be in your best interest when researching things to consider before and after dental implants. For example, because you will have a complete set of teeth, your chewing ability will improve, which will help to keep neighbouring teeth stable and healthy in the long run. As a natural consequence, it will help keep your jawbone from shrinking due to bone loss and preserve the health of the surrounding bones and gums. 

Finally, it is essential to note that dental implants are the option with the longest lifespan and can dramatically improve your cosmetic appearance.

Knowing the Risks of Dental Implants

When considering things before and after a dental implant, it is vital to know the risks and benefits. 

  • During implant placement, a patient can face damage to surrounding natural teeth and tissues,
  • Implant body failure, which indicates a looseness of the implant body,
  • Nerve impingement or damage,
  • Dental implants can distort the imaging of X-ray and MRI devices, which can cause difficulties in your future health tests.

Things to Concern After Your Surgery

After carefully researching the things you should consider before dental implants, you decided to get them. After this long journey, there are also some things to consider after getting dental implants.

The Day of Your Surgery

Some bleeding might happen after your dental implant surgery, which is normal. In this case, your dentist will ask you to apply pressure on the area with a gauze pad for about an hour. Try not to rinse your mouth after implant placement, and avoid touching the area with your tongue or fingers throughout the day. 

Avoiding intense physical activities may be a good option as it will likely encourage bleeding. Also, it is advised to have only cold drinks on the day of surgery. Avoid hot beverages, alcohol and hot or spicy food as it is likely to damage the healing process. To avoid choking, wait until the local anaesthesia has worn off before eating.

Adjustment Process

Another thing to consider before and after dental implants is that you will feel as though you have something strange in your mouth in the first few days. Getting used to your implants and using them effectively will require a short adjustment period. But don't worry, after 2-3 weeks, all your functions, such as chewing and talking, will improve.

Healing Process

Multiple factors will affect your recovery period, and one of them is your eating and drinking habits. Although it is recommended not to consume solid or hard-to-eat meals for the first few days, it is important that the foods you eat have high nutritional values, and this will accelerate the healing process. 

Besides that, paying attention to your oral health and hygiene from the first day of the operation is very important. You should not forget that your implant teeth work just like your natural teeth, so you should pay close attention to your oral and dental health. Otherwise, implant teeth, like natural teeth, will become infected due to poor oral hygiene. And lastly, smoking is likely to negatively affect your healing process, as it damages blood circulation. Therefore, we recommend that you do not smoke.

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