The use of dental implants has revolutionized the way oral surgeons and dental professionals address tooth loss. Dental implants offer durable and natural-looking replacement teeth and are also used to secure prosthetics such as fixed partial dentures into the mouth.
A dental implant involves placing a small, metal alloy rod into the jawbone where a crown or prosthetic may be later fixed to the implant. Placing an implant requires oral surgery and after the procedure, patients can take a proactive approach to enjoying a successful post-operative recovery.
After your procedure, your oral surgeon will send you home with a post-operative packet of instructions for home care. It is extremely important to read these materials thoroughly and follow its precise instructions. Additionally, your dentist may recommend other measures to increase the success of your recovery based on your unique needs and lifestyle. When visiting your oral surgeon before and after the implant process, feel free to take notes and ask for patient education materials.
Once an implant is placed into your jawbone, you will begin a recovery phase where your implant can naturally fuse to your bone and your oral tissues can heal. During your recovery, you should avoid drinking alcohol, using tobacco, or any other substance that can irritate your mouth and the surgical site.
Maintaining a clean mouth is also paramount to a successful recovery. Avoid touching the surgical site with your fingers or any other unsterile objects to prevent transferring bacteria to your mouth. You will likely be prescribed an oral rinse that should be used twice a day after your procedure. Be sure to drink plenty of water and avoid hot beverages. When it comes to brushing your teeth, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush your teeth in soft circular motions. To help keep your mouth clean after surgery, you may be asked to rinse with a warm, salt water mixture throughout the day—especially after meals.
For any questions about post-operative instructions or to schedule an appointment with our skilled team of oral surgeons, contact Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery today.