Post implant care for our Clapham dental patients.
Having had dental implants placed, it is only natural that you should want to take good care of them and give them the best start to ensure that the procedure is successful and long lasting.
This care should be thought of as long term and we look at the various stages below.
It is only natural that, following the implant placement at our South West London dentist, you are likely to experience some soreness in the area of the procedure.
This will gradually go, and, in the meantime, painkillers may be used to relieve any discomfort felt. It is also worth remembering that slight discomfort serves a useful purpose i.e. to remind you that you have had a delicate dental procedure and that care should be taken.
To help you through these early days, it is highly advisable to pay extra attention to what you eat and in the very early stages, a liquid diet is best to help make sure your new implant is not disturbed. Avoiding very hot or cold foods and drinks too will help to avoid discomfort.
Very gradually, you may introduce soft foods into your diet, such as mashed potatoes or well cooked pasta, for example.
Remember that, even once the discomfort has gone, this dietary advice should be followed whilst the osseointegration period is taking place. This will help to ensure that your implant becomes firmly bonded with the jawbone and provides a very strong artificial tooth root.
By the time, your crown is fitted to the implant, thereby completing the tooth replacement, the implant will be strongly embedded. Once you have become used to the new tooth, there should be no need to restrict your diet at all.
This does not mean to say that no aftercare is needed though. Generally speaking, the new replacement tooth should be thought of in the same manner as a natural tooth, and brushing and flossing are just as important here.
Although the artificial tooth and the titanium implant themselves are not prone to dental decay, there is a real risk of gum disease if the area around the tooth is not maintained. In its advanced stage, this can lead to periodontitis which attacks the bone that holds the implant in place and may threaten its survival.
Our team at the Confidental Clinic will be pleased to answer any questions that patients may have about dental implants and we are always available by phone on 020 7801 9060 to help.