Proper care of dental implants should be a conscious decision and begins long before the implant surgery. Patients with gum disease or other oral problems related to poor oral hygiene, need to have them treated before having dental implants. They may also need to change their attitude towards oral hygiene, since dental implants require constant care in order to remain strong and healthy for years to come.
Caring for dental implants on a daily basis is very similar to the care of natural teeth. Patients who opt for dental implants in Edinburgh, will be thoroughly informed on aftercare tips and techniques by their dentists, such as those at Edinburgh Dental Specialists. Brushing and flossing are necessary for healthy dental implants and so is visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
Dental implants in Edinburgh can be completed within a day or over the course of a few months. In any case, patients need to adhere to certain rules after the surgery in order to ensure that their dental implants do not get infected. Immediately after the surgery, gums will feel sore for a few days and this is perfectly normal. Patients will be advised to take regular medication in order to minimise pain and discomfort. In some cases, antibiotics may be administered.
The implant sites should feel tender and sensitive for a few days after the operation and patients are advised against eating solid foods. Bleeding is another side-effect of implant surgery, but it shouldn’t last long. Patients whose gums continue to bleed for days after the surgery need to visit the dentist immediately as this can be a sign of poor implant integration.
Patients are encouraged to brush their teeth with a soft toothbrush avoiding the implant areas.
Once the implant posts have healed and the prosthetic teeth are installed, dental implants will feel and function just like real teeth. Brush and floss the implants as normal, taking extra care around the implant sites. Dental implants are not prone to cavities but they can still develop gum disease, therefore visiting the dentist regularly is imperative. If a problem arises, the sooner it is addressed, the better.