Dental Implant Aftercare
If you are facing a dental extraction or you have a gap in your smile, part of your consideration for choosing a tooth-replacement option is probably how it will affect your day-to-day life in the future. We can go over your tooth-replacement options in our Van Nuys dental office and help you make a choice that works best for you.
One of the reasons that many patients choose dental implants is because of the convenience they provide both in function and when taking care of them in the long run.
What To Expect After Your Procedure
Right after your dental implant surgery, you might experience slight soreness, but you should be able to manage it with an over-the-counter pain medication. Dental implants are usually very well tolerated by patients and often feel more comfortable than a tooth extraction.
Your dental implant will need time to heal. As with any dental surgery, avoid chewing in the surgical area so that you do not disturb the healing process. It is also important to keep the rest of your mouth and your surgical site clean to minimize the bacteria in your mouth. You should also avoid smoking because it can make healing more difficult for your body. If you develop an infection during this crucial time, it may cause your dental implant to fail.
Once your gums heal over – the mouth typically heals quickly – we may place a space holder to keep your teeth from shifting. It will take a few months for your dental implant and bone to fully integrate.
Once your healing time completes, we will place the restoration on your dental implant, completing your smile. Once you have a fully functional dental implant, they are incredibly easy to care for.
You will need to do a few things to keep your dental implant healthy:
- Brush and floss
- Make and keep regular dental exams
- Stay on top of your dental cleanings
- Let us know if anything changes with your oral health
Brush and floss Make and keep regular dental exams Stay on top of your dental cleanings Let us know if anything changes with your oral health You should be doing all of these things to take care of your natural teeth, so caring for a dental implant should not disrupt your routine. Contact our Van Nuys dental office to learn more about the many conveniences of dental implants.