After Implant Placement
While a modern treatment for replacing missing teeth, dental implants have quickly become the most popular option, providing several benefits over traditional treatments. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we offer dental implants to meet multiple tooth loss needs. There are many incredible benefits, but the process of getting dental implants is a bit more involved than getting a bridge or dentures. Here is what you can expect after the placement of your implants.
Getting Temporary TeethImmediately following the placement of your dental implants, your gums are sutured closed, and temporary teeth are placed. These teeth are designed to restore many of the basic functions of your teeth while you heal. Your temporary teeth are tailored to meet your specific needs. There are some types of temporary restorations that are removable, while others are fixed into place.
The Recovery ProcessAs you recover from dental implant placement, your bone fuses to the posts in a natural process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts in your jawbone so that they can provide secure support for your dental restorations. We will provide you with specific aftercare instructions, which tell you how to deal with common post-operative issues, what to eat, and how to properly take care of your mouth. Following these instructions is essential for reducing your risk of complications. The exact length of time it takes to recover from implant placement varies from patient to patient. On average, it can take anywhere from several weeks to several months to recover completely.
Following the placement of your implants, pain and swelling are common. Pain can often be managed with over the counter or prescription pain relievers. During the first 24 hours after surgery, you can help to minimize swelling with ice packs. After 48 hours, when swelling peaks typically, you can help to bring it down faster with moist heat. During this time, it is important that you limit your activities, avoiding anything strenuous. Eating a well-balanced diet will help to ensure that you get the nutrients you need to recover properly, but you should stick to soft foods in the early stages. As you begin to feel better, you can gradually begin to resume your normal activities and your regular diet.
Potential Complications During RecoveryWhile following your aftercare instructions is essential for limiting the likelihood of complications, issues can occur. These issues include such things as:
Your Final RestorationsOnce you have fully healed from your implant surgery, we can then begin the process of creating and placing your final implant restorations. This process typically takes two appointments. During the first appointment, we remove your temporary teeth and place the abutments or connectors. Next, impressions are taken. These impressions are sent to our dental lab, where they are used to custom create your new teeth. Once they are ready, we check them for fit and proper bite before securing them into place with small screws.
Caring for Your ImplantsTaking care of your dental implants is important for ensuring that they provide you with optimal function and long-term results. Even if all of your teeth have been replaced, it is still important to brush and floss your teeth every day. While the restorations cannot decay, they can collect plaque and bacteria, which can contribute to gum disease. If gum disease develops and progresses, you could be faced with implant failure. In addition to brushing and flossing, you should also have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year.
How Long Do Implants Last?Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution. With a 95% success rate, they can last a lifetime after they have fully integrated into your jaw. Taking proper care of your mouth will help to ensure the longevity of your replacement teeth.
If you are interested in dental implants and want to find out if this revolutionary treatment is right for you, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 to schedule your consultation today.