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>> Read Part 1: What to Expect Before Dental Implant Surgery
>> Read Part 2: What to Expect During the Surgery

In the first two parts of this blog series, we covered what you can expect before and on the day of your surgery. From the final piece of the blog series, you will be able to gain a better understanding of what to expect post-surgery. The Southshore Dental staff will cover what you should do so your new smile can last a lifetime, including:

  • Choosing the right food to chew during the healing time
  • Why you should stop smoking
  • How much rest you’ll need
  • Ongoing maintenance 
     

Dental implants require the right preparation, not only for the surgery itself but also for your recovery. From choosing the right foods to focusing on your oral health care, here are the steps you should take to make sure you have a successful dental implant surgery.

Choosing the Right Food

For the first 24 hours after surgery, you need to only eat soft foods and avoid food and drinks that are extreme in temperatures - both hot and cold. Do not drink from a straw for the first week to ensure that the site heals properly. After this initial period, choose foods that you can easily cut with a fork. If it’s too hard to cut with a fork, it’s too hard for you to chew.

It may feel difficult to avoid some of your favorite foods during this time, but remember, you will soon have a permanent tooth that allows you to enjoy hard foods, free from pain or discomfort. The key to this is allowing the area to heal well post-surgery.

Stop Smoking

Smokers have a significantly higher risk of implant failure and we do not recommend dental implant surgery to those that cannot stop smoking. Smoking causes the tissue in your mouth to dry out and risks infection. Smoking can cause your healing time to be delayed or even cause your implant to fail.

Rest Appropriately

After dental implant surgery, you will want to wait to resume light activities until you feel like you can manage them. For at least three days, avoid strenuous activities. If you are taking pain medication, avoid driving and other activities that require your coordination and concentration, because the medication may hamper your ability to do these activities safely.

Carefully Research your Dental Implant Dentist

Continue practicing good oral hygiene to avoid infection and allow the site to heal. Normal tooth brushing can start after 24 hours of your surgery, however, you should be careful around the implant. Avoid using mouthwash or other rinses within the first two weeks after surgery. Instead, try a water flosser or rinse with salt water to promote proper healing.

Be sure to continue seeing your dentist for regular cleanings. Consistent follow-ups and cleanings may be the most important advice in this post. Your dentist needs to carefully monitor the healing site to avoid any issues early in the process.

If you’re unsure whether dental implants are right for you, our team of experienced dentists would be happy to evaluate you in a complimentary consultation and walk you through the entire process. At Southshore Dental, we care about your oral health and want what is best for you. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Southshore Dental at (734) 675-0585 to discuss dental implants with a downriver dental team that cares about helping you make the best possible decision.

>> Read Part 1: What to Expect Before Dental Implant Surgery

In the second part of this dental implant blog series, we will cover what you can expect on the day of your surgery. After reading this blog post, you can head into your surgery with peace of mind, knowing what to expect. We will share what you need to know before you go in for the procedure, including:

  • Checking in for your dental implant surgery
  • Explanation of the procedure
  • How long the surgery will last
  • Choosing the best dentist for you

Checking In For Your Dental Implant Surgery

Arrive at the dental office early so you have time to get settled, ask any last-minute questions, and check-in for your procedure. At Southshore Dental, we can place you under anesthesia for your procedure right here in the office. This helps the procedure go more smoothly, but it does mean you can't drive after the procedure, so make sure you arrange to have a driver pick you up and drive yourself home.

What to Expect from the Procedure

At Southshore Dental, we perform the entire procedure under one roof. Throughout this process, it is our job to make you comfortable and eliminate any pain or discomfort.

To begin, an anesthesiologist will administer anesthetic. The dentist will make an incision into your gums to expose the jaw bone. A small hole is drilled in and a titanium screw, called the implant, will be inserted into the jaw bone. On top of the implant is a healing cap, which allows your gums to heal. The length of time the surgery takes varies depending on the complexity of the procedure. After the implant is in place, the dentist will close the incision.

Many patients are surprised to learn that they won’t walk out of their implant surgery with their new tooth in place. The implant process will take multiple office visits in order to be successful. Waiting before the placement of the crown gives the area a chance to fully heal, encourages the jawbone to grow into the dental implant, keeping the implant firmly in its place.

How Long Does It Take?

The answer to this question is two-fold. The procedure to place the abutment may take several hours, depending on how much work is needed. The total length of time varies based on the number of implants, whether or not the existing teeth need to be extracted, and any other underlying factors present.

After the surgery, plan three to six months of healing before returning for the final placement of the crown(s). During this time, your dentist will monitor your healing. Once the dentist confirms that your implant is well-rooted in place, your dentist will place the crown, and your permanent tooth replacement will be complete.

Carefully Research your Dental Implant Dentist

Dental implants require a high level of precision and the right amount of healing time. While it may be tempting to go to a dentist that does it all in one day, this sets you up for the potential failure of dental implants. To get the best possible result, carefully research your dentist and only work with a trustworthy dentist.

In our next blog post, we will cover the third part of this blog series, "Dental Implants: Recovery and Maintenance."

At Southshore Dental, we care about your oral health and want what is best for you. The best way to determine if dental implants are the right option for your smile is to talk to a dentist. Reach out to Southshore Dental for a free consultation at (734) 675-0585 to discuss dental implants with a downriver dental team that cares about helping you make the best possible decision.

 


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Southshore Dental

(734) 675-0585
2861 West RoadTrenton, MI. 48183