A Dental implant is a newly developed technology, which aims to replace lost natural teeth. An implant is created to be as similar to natural teeth as possible, in terms of both physical features and functionality. A dentist inserts an implant into jawbone to re place a missing root of natural tooth.
Advantages of Implant Placement
- Increased self-confidence and improved quality of life.
- Completely natural appearance.
- Reduced size and shape of, as well as giving natural-looking to bridges and dentures.
- Reduced problem of losing dentine from forming general dental bridges.
- Strong and stable implants allow for better chewing ability, hence, a wider variety of food that you can eat.
- Reduce chance of losing adjacent dentine and supporting bones that result from missing teeth.
- improved personality, younger and natural looking.
- Improved oral hygiene.
- Long - lasting material and durability.
- Removed shifting and slipping problems, including such concerns over dentures.
- A patient who has congenital diseases such as blood disease, coronary artery disease, end stage renal disease (ESRD),etc. might face complication during the surgery.
- A patient who has diseases causing difficulty in wound and bone healing such as diabetes, etc.
- An oral surgeon may undergo a bone graft and choose a specific shape and characteristic of an implant for a patient whose bones are thin or insufficient.
Process of Dental Implant
First Step :
- A dentist will need x-ray of your jaw to assess the height of available bone and where to locate an implant. Then, an oral surgeon will surgically place an implant. Then, an oral Surgeon will surgically place an implant in your jawbone and stitch up the wound. After 14 days, a stitch off will be undergone.
- A patient will then wait for 2-4 more month (for upper teeth) or 1.5-3 month (for lower teeth) for the implant to be well attached to jawbone.
- A dentist will connect abutment to a dental crown or denture after dental impression and send it to the lab. This step takes approximately 7 days. Then the dentist will make appointments with a patient after 1 month, 6month, and 1 year.
Post-care Instruction for Dental Implant
Choosing of diet after placement of Dental Implants
- A patient should eat soft food such as boiled rice, soup or noodle, etc. during the first 6 days after the surgery to avoid infection, swelling, and bruising of the surgical area.
- A patient should gargle with saline solution after every meal. Saline solution can be prepared by mixing a half teaspoon of salt with glass of warm water. Mouthwash with chlorhexidine can also be used.
In case of blood seepage or bleeding after Dental Implant
- Normally, a dentist suggests a patient bite on gauze pad for approximately 30 minutes after the surgery to stop bleeding.
- A patient should bite the gauze pad softly just to keep it in place.
- If Bleeding continues, a patient should continue to change the gauze pad every 30 minutes.
- When replacing the gauze pad, a patient should fold a clean piece into a pad thick enough to bite on.
- Bleeding after dental implants should not be severe. If the bleeding does not stop, please do contact our dental center for further instructions immediately.
Managing Swelling after Dental Implant
- A patient should place ice packs or a cold compress onto a cheek with the surgery side for approximately 30 minutes to reduce any chance of swelling.
- Continue to apply ice packs or a cold compress for 30 minutes and pause alternately.
- When lying down, a patient should elevate the head with an extra pillow during the first 2 night after surgery to reduce possible swelling.
- Do not keep an ice in your mouth or chew it
Managing Pain after Dental Implant
- Anesthetic will be active for approximately 1-2 hours after the surgery depending on type and a mouth of anesthetic received.
- While your mouth is numb from the anesthetic action , be careful not to bike on cheek , tongue, or lips.
- Pain relief pills should be taken as suggested by your dentist and as necessary only.
- If pain persists, please contact our dental center immediately.
Post - Operative Instructions to Avoid Infection and Inflammation
- After oral surgery, a patient should gargle with saline solution after every meal. Saline solution can be prepared by mixing a half teaspoon of salt with a glass of warm water. Mouthwash with chlorhexidine can also be used to prevent inflammation or infection.
- keep saline solution or mouthwash in your mouth and gargle gently or tilt your head back and forth to let mouthwash flow in oral cavity thoroughly.
- Do not gargle too harshly.
- Strictly take anti-inflammatory pills as prescribed by a dentist.
Post - Care Instructions during Dental Implant Healing
- Blood clot forming around surgical area after implants is normal.
- Avoid any activity that might affect the surgical area.
- Do not rinse your mouth harshly or probe or touch the surgical area with any objects including your fingers.
- Please avoid smoking.
- A patient may drink water or use a wet washcloth to wipe your tongue, but should avoid the surgical area.
- Avoid all strenuous activities during the first 24 hours after the surgery. This will keep the wound dry and reduce a bleeding problem.
- Apply some ointment of Vaseline to your lips during the first 2 days after the surgery to prevent dry lips or cracked lips.
Oral Hygiene and Cleanliness after Dental Implant Surgery
- You can clean your teeth and oral cavity normally after 2-3 days after the surgery.
- Swelling and soreness after the surgery may cause difficulty in cleaning. Hence, Please be gentle and make sure your mouth and teeth are thoroughly cleaned
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