After having dental implant surgery, patients are usually given specific instruction by their dentist on how to care for the implants immediately after the surgery. In the weeks that follow, it’s important that the patient continues these instructions in order to ensure that the healing process goes well.Here are some tips on what people should…
Why Dental Implant Aftercare is Important
Wondering just how important dental implant aftercare is after having dental implant surgery? It is extremely important. The dental implant procedure is a surgical process. And aftercare after having any type of surgery is essential to the overall success of the surgery.
Anyone who is undergoing the dental implant surgical process will be given complete instructions by a dental professional. These instructions truly need to be followed to the letter if one expects the surgical process to be successful. Also, it is important for those scheduled for dental implants to follow their dental professional's instructions on preparing for dental implant surgery.
Why dental implants?
Many people are choosing to get dental implants when they are missing one or more of their teeth. The reason is that they very closely resemble a natural tooth. Even when someone has only lost one of their teeth, it is extremely important that they choose a tooth replacement option to fill the empty space where the tooth once existed. If no tooth replacement option is chosen then the rest of the teeth will begin to slowly but surely move out of their correct position. This is going to lead to one experiencing even more dental problems.
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, leaving empty spaces in one’s mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to health issues such as jawbone deterioration.
Why dental implant aftercare is important
As with any surgical process, aftercare is important. When someone chooses not to follow all of their aftercare instructions or are performing poor aftercare practices, it will take longer for their dental implants to heal. It is even possible that the implants will not heal correctly. This will lead to additional dental complications. The following is a list of three reasons why dental implant aftercare is very important.
#1 – Aftercare helps prevent infections
Aftercare instructions often include taking antibiotics and/or using an antiseptic mouthwash. These need to be closely followed in order to prevent a possible mouth infection.
#2 – Aftercare reduces swelling and pain
Aftercare includes following a dental professional's instructions on how to reduce any swelling and/or pain someone is experiences after the surgery has been completed, such as ice packs or pain medication.
#3 – Aftercare helps implants heal properly
Proper aftercare helps to ensure that the dental implants heal exactly as they should. This improves one’s overall chances of having long-term implant success.
Are you prepared for aftercare?
Hopefully, now you understand the importance of dental implant aftercare as it really is a necessary part of the overall healing process. Being completely prepared for your upcoming dental implant surgery means understanding what to do before, during and after the surgical process has been completed.
If you do not provide yourself with the proper aftercare, it is possible that you will experience various types of dental problems with your new dental implants. If you have a question for us, we welcome your call. If you need to make an appointment, know that there is no better time than today to give us a call!
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