Dental Implants: How to Prevent Complications after Treatment

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Choosing dental implants as a treatment approach for your lost permanent teeth is ideal for a natural look. In general, alternative treatment methods like partial dentures or simple crowns do not take the root of the missing tooth into account. Therefore, over time, the structure of the jaw changes due to the lack of stability, leading to an unnatural appearance and feel.

Dental implants use a metal root which provides support, allowing the replaced tooth to be similar to the original. Unfortunately, the initial process for placing the implant into the mouth is a bit invasive. Therefore, you must ensure proper healing before the rest of the tooth replacement work can be done. If you are not cautious in after-care, some complications might arise.

Here are some fundamental guidelines for caring for your oral structures for proper healing after the treatment and preventing serious complications.

Prevent Bacterial Build-up

The most important approach to healthy healing and minimal problems is keeping the oral cavity clean. If there is a build-up of bacteria on the teeth, gum and tongue, there will be a high probability of an infection occurring. Moreover, a dental disease such as periodontitis could develop and compromise the stability of the healing implant. Therefore, use a warm rinse or an antimicrobial mouthwash to keep your mouth clean after the treatment. Once your mouth is less sensitive, you can brush as normal but be careful not to cause yourself injuries.

Avoid Smoking

It is advisable to avoid smoking after dental implant treatment. This is crucial because tobacco has been found to have a detrimental effect on the healing of wounds in the mouth. The existing research on the subject indicates that postoperative recovery of wound sites resulting from processes like implant placement will be negatively affected. Moreover, it shows that smoking could suppress immune responses. This could make one more vulnerable to serious infections. Therefore, you should avoid or reduce your rate of tobacco use during the recovery period.

Consume Prescribed Drugs

If you are vulnerable to infections due to poor health or chronic diseases, your dental specialist might give you some prophylactic drugs. For instance, antibiotics are prescribed to minimise the risk of a serious bacterial infection. You should plan on using the medication for the recommended period even if you seem to be healing perfectly. Keep in mind that if you abandon the drugs halfway through the dosage, a dangerous infection might occur.

Finally, you should follow the guidelines provided by your experienced dentist on dental implants aftercare.

For more information about dental implants, talk to your dentist.


28 January 2021

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