After starting the implant treatment; before tooth extraction surgeries, the patient’s films are assessed, to obtain an idea about the quality of the jawbone. Then, the type of implant to be used is decided by the dentist.
This step is highly important as implants are produced in different shapes and sizes. Again at this stage; the person is informed about all the transactions to be made and the image after the completion of the transactions will be displayed, the probability of encountering any negative results is really low.
After the tooth extractions are completed, the implants will be inserted. Hygiene in the mouth must be ensured before the implants are inserted. Because; Insertion of implants is a purely surgical operation, and sterilization to be provided during this operation is of great importance.
After providing the necessary hygiene; the gums in the area where the implants will be inserted are surgically opened by your dentist. After the jawbone is seen, enough space is opened to the part where the implant will be placed, without overloading the bone, and the implants are screwed. These implants are closed with capping screws and the opened gums are stitched again. Following this operation; there is a waiting period of 1 to 3 months, and this waiting period may vary according to the implant brands.
There are some procedures that you should apply immediately after having a dental implant. This is because; Dental implant is a surgical operation and as with any surgery, special care is required after implantation.
Dental Implant Surgery Day
Certainly you are wondering what awaits you after dental implants as well as the implant procedures.
Will I have pain after implantation?
Your dentist and assistants will do their best for you to feel as little pain and ache as possible after the dental implant procedure and to be more comfortable. Therefore, take this into consideration when returning home and do not use any pain medication or alternative treatment other than your doctor’s advice.
It is up to your dentist whether you experience pain or discomfort immediately after dental implants. However, in the future, it is up to you to have the implant successful and not to feel any discomfort.
Therefore, there are some points you should pay attention to. The first thing you should pay attention to immediately after the implant is the gauze pads placed over the surgical areas. Make sure these clothes stay in place.
Will there be bleeding after implantation?
Post-implant bleeding is possible. Do not change diapers during the first hour unless the bleeding is controlled. The packages can be gently removed after an hour. If active bleeding continues, insert new gauze to pressurize the surgical site for another 30 minutes. The gauze can then be changed as needed (typically every 30 to 45 minutes). It is best to moisten the gauze with tap water and soften it loosely for more comfortable positioning.
How soon after the dental implant can I start eating?
About an hour after the dental implant treatment, you can remove the gauze placed in your mouth and eat something. During the first 24 hours after surgery is important that the foods you eat are soft.
Likewise, avoid hot food and drink for a few hours after the implant procedure. Also, do not drink with a straw for at least 24 hours. These measures will give your mouth a better chance to heal properly.
Dental Implant Surgery Recovery
Exercise: Any exercise you do after dental implants would affect you negatively. Any impact to your face or to the implanted tooth where the surgical procedure is performed can affect you badly. Remember that when the implant process is new, you need to be gentle even when brushing your teeth.
Eating and Drinking: The food you eat and what you drink are important after implantation. Let’s say from the beginning that smoking will slow down the healing process of the dental implant and increases the tingling sensation.
Choose foods with high nutritional value that you can eat comfortably. Avoid extreme hot foods. Avoid chewing until the sensations on your tongue improve. Grainy food such as rice, nuts, sunflower seeds, popcorn, etc., may enter surgical fields. It is best to avoid, small, and hard foods. You can gradually switch to solid foods over the next few days.
It is important not to skip meals! If you take nutrition regularly, you will feel better, gain strength, feel less discomfort and recover faster.
Swelling: Swelling on your face is a normal post-surgery and will go away up to 2-3 days after surgery. Swelling can be minimized by using a cold pack, ice pack, or a bag of frozen cloth wrapped in a towel and applied to the cheeks attached to the surgical area.
This should be applied for twenty minutes during the first 24 hours after surgery. If you have been prescribed medication for swelling control, be sure to use it correctly.
Tooth Brushing: Good and correct oral hygiene practices after dental implant surgery are very important as always. You can continue brushing your teeth 24 hours after the implant. Brushes with soft bristles will help you to brush gently.
Other than that, rinsing your mouth with a little saltwater can also help clean your mouth (1/4 teaspoon of salt per glass of water). You should not use additional products such as mouthwashes for 14 days after the implant.
There are many points to be considered after the implant, such as drug use and implant care. For this reason, conversations with your dentist are much more important.
After Dental Implant Surgery: What can I eat?
At room temperature;
- Yogurt, cheese, and milk
- Soft-cooked eggs and meat
- Variety of soups
- Freshly squeezed juices from fruits such as kiwi, apple, and strawberry
- Soft foods such as custard and inside of the bread
You can consume.
Dental Implant Healing: Cigarettes and Alcohol
Alcohol and cigarettes consumed after implants are negatively affect the healing process. If you continue to consume these two substances; let’s list the negativities you will encounter on your implants below.
- Preparing the ground for bacterial plaques, causing an increase in the risk of inflammation
- Depending on carbon monoxide and toxic factors; an adverse effect of titanium implants on the fusion of the jawbone
- Delaying the healing of the suture and wound area
- Reducing blood flow
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