The discussion about the procedure has been carried out, the x-rays, digital scans and any other examinations needed have been fulfilled, the wait for your appointment to insert the oral implants is so close. The knowledge you have about what to expect during the procedure is playing on your mind and preparing you for the procedure. Now it is time to also consider the aftercare before diving straight back into your regular habits.
Spending time on the aftercare is as important as the procedure itself. Allowing the mouth to heal and the dental implants in Milton Keynes to successfully fuse into place ensures the longevity of the process and reduces the possibility of further dental problems.
Below are some top tips on how to achieve the best results.
Keeping the discomfort at bay.
When you first have the procedure, the local anaesthetic will numb the majority of discomfort which may be apparent but when this wears off it is important to ensure that you have some over-the-counter pain relief ready. Therefore, stock up on paracetamol before heading into surgery, this particular medication will be valuable to you during this time and whilst products such as ibuprofen or aspirin can help with the pain, they will also thin the blood which prolongs the healing process. Paracetamol is therefore the more suitable option to relieve any discomfort.
Although dental practices are hot on brushing the teeth, using floss and interdental brushes, immediately after the procedure it is recommended that you avoid brushing and flossing the area where the implants are situated. This then allows an element of healing to occur first. This does not mean avoiding cleaning the area altogether but on a temporary basis, it is important to focus on saltwater mouthwashes rather than toothpaste or mouthwashes. The surrounding teeth are of course still able to be cleaned but it is important to use a soft-bristled brush to avoid unnecessary aggravation to the teeth or gums.
The saltwater combined with removing any debris from the mouth will also reduce the possibility of infection which is something everyone naturally wants to avoid.
Steering towards the softer foods.
Whilst no one expects you to live on soup or a liquid diet for the next few weeks, it is beneficial to munch away on the softer textured foods. This helps avoid any unnecessary pressure on the teeth or gums and gives the mouth sufficient time to heal before heading back into your normal routine.
Follow up appointments.
Once the implants are in place and the area is causing minimal discomfort it can be easy to swipe past the idea of follow up appointments. This is not a good idea as your dental team can monitor your healing time, the effectiveness of the treatment and answer any questions you may have.
It may be that the discomfort is beginning to affect your daily life too much and if this is the case, contacting your dentist promptly will help get you back to normality more quickly rather than continuing to suffer. The follow-ups will also ensure that any infections are caught early on and dealt with promptly rather than left to negatively impact the implant or the patient.