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5 Ways to Achieve Dental Implant Success

5 Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Chances for a Successful Dental Implant:

As you prepare for your dental implants, you may wonder what you can do to make sure you get the best results. Dental implants have a high success rate, but there are still simple things you can do to make sure you enjoy your implants for a lifetime.

1) Don’t smoke.

Some dental surgeons refuse to give implants to patients who smoke. More often, they encourage them quit before the procedure and abstain during recovery. Smoking interferes with the healing process by reducing the flow of blood in the mouth. Impeded healing can jeopardize bone grafts and the implant itself. Heat in the mouth can lead to oral-burn syndrome that damages bone and soft tissue.

According to a University of Minnesota study, the dental implants of smokers are twice as likely to fail as those of non-smokers. In addition, smokers experienced major or minor complications 15% more often. Smokers also experience higher post-operative infection rates than non-smokers. Gaps and cavities may develop between the implants and the gums that fill with bacteria and become swollen and inflamed.

 

2) Follow your recovery directions to help healing.

Post-procedural instructions are easy to follow and help create the best conditions for healing during your recovery. Right after your surgery, limit your diet to soft foods. Our surgeons at Cumberland Surgical Arts recommend that patients avoid chewing foods near the surgical site until after your first follow-up appointment.

During recovery, you may experience some swelling or minor bleeding, which can be managed easily. Avoid spitting and rinsing. Instead, use compresses of gauze or herbal tea bags to control bleeding.

If your surgeon prescribes pain medications or antibiotics, follow the directions on the bottle carefully and refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery. While you can engage in normal, daily activities, you should avoid rigorous activities, such as exercise.

For more advice on having a successful and painless recovery, visit our After Dental Implant Surgery.

 

3) Keep your follow-up appointments.

The first year after your placement is a crucial time. Studies show that, while there is an , the rate falls to 1% after that.

To ensure the best chance for success, your surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments during the first, third, and sixth months after your procedure, then yearly after that.

During these follow-up visits, dental x-rays can be used to examine the fusion between the implant and the jawbone. Thorough examinations can catch any infection or disease that may have developed before it goes too far.

4) Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams.

Appointments with both your dental surgeon and your dentist will ensure that you achieve the best results possible. On top of the follow-up appointments you have with your surgeon, you still need to meet with your dentist for routine x-rays and cleanings.

These routine dental appointments help guarantee that your surrounding teeth and soft tissues remain healthy. If periodontal disease develops, your dentist can propose treatment to control it and prevent it from compromising your implants.

 

5) Maintain your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice a day.

Even though dental implants are made of materials like porcelain and titanium, they still need to be cared for like your natural teeth. While cavities cannot develop on implants, surrounding teeth can be affected if your prosthetic crown and surrounding gums aren’t being cleaned regularly.

You should brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day. Flossing regularly will help remove any debris that might create plaque build-up or contribute to an infection. Using an antibacterial mouthwash also kills germs and fights plaque.

The path to a successful dental implant is straightforward. Patients who dedicate themselves to maintaining their oral health have the best chance of success. While some steps can be taken directly after the surgery, continued communication with your surgeon and dentist combined with regular oral hygiene ensure success for the long term.

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After Dental Implant Surgery

After Dental Implants, Home Care Instructions, Dental Implant Recovery

Day of Surgery

FIRST HOUR: Bite down gently but firmly on the gauze packs that have been placed over the surgical areas, making sure they remain in place. Do not change them for the first hour unless the bleeding is not controlled. The packs may be gently removed aftedental implantr one hour. If active bleeding persists, place enough new gauze to obtain pressure over the surgical site for another 30 minutes. The gauze may then be changed as necessary (typically every 30 to 45 minutes). It is best to moisten the gauze with tap water and loosely fluff for more comfortable positioning.

EXERCISE CARE: Do not disturb the surgical area today. Do NOT rinse vigorously or probe the area with any objects. You may brush your teeth gently. Smoking will retard healing, causing increased discomfort and increased chance of dry sockets. We strongly discourage smoking during the healing phase.

ORAL HYGIENE: It is important to keep the mouth clean. You should brush your teeth the night of surgery, but be gentle around the surgical sites. If there is minimal bleeding, saltwater rinses may begin 24 hours after surgery (mix 1 tablespoon of salt with 8 ounces of water.) Swish gently and allow the water to drip into the sink. Rinses should be done 2-3 times a day, especially after eating.

ACTIVITIES: Activities after surgery should be couch or bed rest for the first day. Bending, lifting, or strenuous activity will result in increased bleeding, swelling and pain. You should be careful going from the lying down position to standing. You could get light headed when you stand up suddenly. If you exercise regularly, be aware that your normal fluid and caloric intake is reduced. Exercise in the post-operative period may also result in increased bleeding, swelling and discomfort. Exercise should be avoided for 3-4 days following surgery.

OOZING: Bleeding will occur after surgery, and it is not uncommon to ooze blood for 24-48 hours after surgery. Keep in mind that oral bleeding represents a little blood and a lot of saliva. Placing a gauze pack over the area and biting firmly will control bleeding. If oozing is still active, replace gauze as needed every 30-45 minutes.

PERSISTENT BLEEDING: Bleeding should never be severe. If so, it usually means that the packs are being clenched between teeth only and are not exerting pressure on the surgical areas. Try repositioning the packs. If bleeding persists or begins again sit upright or in a recliner, avoid physical activity, use ice packs and bite on gauze for 1 hour or on a moistened tea bag for 30 minutes. The tannic acid in the tea leaves helps to promote blood clotting. If bleeding remains uncontrolled, please call our office.

SWELLING: Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery and will not reach its maximum until 2-3 days after surgery. It can be minimized by using a cold pack, ice bag or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel and applied firmly to the cheek adjacent to the surgical area. This should be applied twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off during the first 24 hours after surgery. If you have been prescribed medicine for the control of swelling, be sure to take it as directed.

SUGGESTED WAY TO APPLY ICE: Fill two zipper lock bags with crushed ice. Cut a pair of pantyhose at the thigh and slide both ice bags halfway down the leg (to the knee area). Tie the ends of the pantyhose on top of the patients head and adjust ice to sides of face over surgical sites.

PAIN: Unfortunately most oral surgery is accompanied by some degree of discomfort. You will usually have a prescription for pain medication. If you take the first pill before the anesthetic has worn off, you should be able to manage any discomfort better. Some patients find that stronger pain medicine causes nausea, but if you precede each pain pill with a small amount of food, chances for nausea will be reduced. The effects of pain medications vary widely among individuals. If you do not achieve adequate relief at first, you may supplement each pain pill with an analgesic such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Some patients may even require two of the pain pills at one time. Remember that the most severe pain is usually within six hours after the local anesthetic wears off; after that your need for medicine should lessen. If you find you are taking large amounts of pain medicine at frequent intervals, please call our office. If you anticipate needing more prescription medication for the weekend, you must call for a refill during weekday business hours.

DIET: Eat any nourishing food that can be taken with comfort. Avoid extremely hot foods. Do not use a straw for the first few days after surgery. It is sometimes advisable, but not absolutely required, to confine the first days intake to liquids or pureed foods (soups, puddings, yogurt, milk shakes, etc.) Avoid chewing food until tongue sensation has returned. It is best to avoid foods like rice, nuts, sunflower seeds, popcorn, etc., which may get lodged in the surgical areas. Over the next several days you may gradually progress to solid foods. It is important not to skip meals! If you take nourishment regularly you will feel better, gain strength, have less discomfort and heal faster. If you are a diabetic, maintain your normal eating habits or follow instructions given by your doctor.

NAUSEA: Nausea and vomiting can occur as a result of swallowed blood, discomfort, anesthesia or pain medicines. Post-operative nausea is usually self-limiting and sipping on flat cola or ginger ale often helps. Soda crackers also may be used. If nausea persists, stop taking the pain medicine and substitute an over the counter pain medicine for the next dose. If nausea persists call our office.

Instructions for the Second and Third Days

MOUTH RINSES: Keeping your mouth clean after surgery is essential. Use 1/4 teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8 ounce glass of warm water and gently rinse with portions of the solution, taking five minutes to use the entire glassful. Repeat as often as you like, but at least two or three times daily.

BRUSHING: Begin your normal oral hygiene routine as soon as possible after surgery. Soreness and swelling may not permit vigorous brushing, but it is extremely important to clean your teeth within the bounds of comfort. Maintaining a clean environment adjacent to the healing surgical wounds is required for optimum and speedy healing.

HEALING: Normal healing after placement of dental implants should be as follows: The first two days after surgery are generally the most uncomfortable and there is usually some swelling. On the third day you should be more comfortable and, although still swollen, can usually begin a more substantial diet. The remainder of the post-operative course should be gradual, steady improvement. If you don’t see continued improvement, please call our office.

DISCOLORATION OR BRUISING: The development of black, blue, green or yellow discoloration is due to bruising beneath the tissues. This is a normal post-operative occurrence that might appear 2-3 days after surgery. Beginning 36 hours after the surgery, moist heat applied to the area may speed up resolution of the discoloration.

SHARP EDGES: If you feel something hard or sharp edges in the surgical areas, it is likely you are feeling the bony walls which once supported the extracted teeth. Occasionally small slivers of bone may work themselves out during the following week or so. If they cause concern or discomfort, please call the office.

DRY LIPS: If the corners of your mouth are stretched they may dry out and crack. Keep your lips moist with an ointment such as Vaseline.

SORE THROAT: This is not uncommon after oral surgery. The muscles get swollen and this may make swallowing painful. This should go away on its own in 2-3 days.

STIFF JAW MUSCLES: This may cause a limitation in opening the mouth wide for a few days after surgery. This is a normal post-operative event that usually resolves during the week after surgery. Stretching these muscles may help to speed up resolution of this problem.

Your case is individual no two mouths are alike. Do not accept well-intended advice from friends. Discuss your problem with the person best able to effectively help you your surgeon!

It is our desire that your recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible. Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have questions about your progress, please call the office at Toll Free : 800 80 80 80

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