LIFE AFTER A DENTAL IMPLANT
For those who may be asking, “Am I a good candidate for a dental implant?” you may be wondering what life will be like after the procedure.
And the answer is: significantly better.
Chances are, if you are considering implants, it’s because of a missing tooth or poorly fitting dentures, and dental implants can solve the problems that come with these impediments.
What’s vital for living with dental implants is good oral hygiene. A lack of dental hygiene is often the reason for implant failure and can be avoided by brushing and flossing your teeth daily. If the reason you need dental implants in the first place is as a result of poor dental maintenance, it’s imperative that this is improved to make the treatment worth doing.
To keep this up, it’s important to note that you can expect to pay a visit to the dentist at least every six months. Generally speaking dental implants are used and cared for in the same manner as your normal teeth – but a check with the dentist can help spot any problems early on.
In the first few days following the treatment, you may be given specific instructions to ensure that everything heals properly. It could take a few days for the implants to anchor into your jawbone, and for this reason it’s usually recommended that softer foods, cold food and warm soups are eaten whilst the adjustment is taking place. However, don’t let this put you off. In the long term, dental implants are strong and you can go back to eating your normal diet after a matter of days.
For life immediately after dental implants, it’s worth making a few preparations. If you are sedated, you will be unable to drive for the 24 hours afterwards so it’s worth having a friend or family member with you to take you home. Similarly, you may need to take a few days off work and informing your employer to this possibility is a wise move.
Having dental implants will make no difference to your day-to-day life, but if you previously struggled with chewing, eating or talking due to missing or loose teeth, then they can offer a significant improvement.
If you’d like more information about dental implants, visit our dental implants page or feel free to get in touch. Ollie & Darsh have extensive experience in this treatment and are happy to answer any questions.