Life After Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

Your dentist has explained to you what you can expect from your dental implant procedure. Now you are wondering what you can expect after the surgery. Today, our Nanaimo dentists share this with you.

What are dental implants?

If you are missing one or more teeth your dentist might recommend a dental implant that can hold a tooth replacement (like a crown or a bridge) in place.

Dental bridges or crowns are restorations that look and function similar to a natural tooth. Having our Nanaimo dentists place dental implants could improve your overall and oral health.

What can I eat after the surgery?

Soon, you will be able to indulge in all of your favourite foods with a dental implant. But, while you are recovering from your dental implant surgery there are several foods you should eat, and some we recommend avoiding because they could irritate the incision site.

You’ll want to eat soft, nutritious food for the first few days after surgery. Here are some foods to stock up on:

  • Yogurt (no nuts or granola, though)
  • Jell-O
  • Pudding
  • Applesauce (high in fibre and vitamin C)
  • Warm, broth-based soups (Filled with essential vitamins and protein-rich)
  • Mashed potatoes (fibre-rich and soft, add cheese or gravy for flavour)

Will my dental implants work like my natural teeth?

Dental implants are a customizable, long-term solution. Your dentist will select replacement teeth that will blend in well with your natural teeth.

The implants are fused to the jawbone and you’ll be able to speak, eat and drink without hassle. If you are curious about how people experienced life with dental implants, you may want to look up dental implant reviews online for ideas, tips, and encouragement. 

How long will my dental implants last?

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime and generally, only require occasional readjustments. When compared to other tooth replacement options, dental implants could be a long-lasting solution if they are treated properly.

Based on your situation, implants might be a more cost-effective solution in terms of lifetime cost when compared to bridges or crowns, which might have to be replaced sooner.

Proper Care

Caring for your dental implants is as easy as maintaining your natural teeth. Remember to brush and floss two times a day, as an excellent oral healthcare routine is imperative to the long-term success of your implants.

Routine Dental Appointments

In addition to a strong oral healthcare routine, it’s also essential to keep visiting your dentist twice a year. At these appointments, your dentist will conduct a comprehensive cleaning to help keep your gums and teeth healthy.

They will also check the condition of your dental implant, and the health of your surrounding teeth. This allows your dentist to address any gum issues or deterioration early, or potentially prevent them entirely.

How to maintain excellent oral health?

Lifestyle choices (such as abstaining from smoking and excessive drinking of alcohol) remain an important factor in your oral and overall health when it comes to life after dental implants.

Certain diseases such as periodontal disease or other conditions can lead to an increased risk of instability, or dental implant failure. That’s why it’s important to follow your dentist’s or surgeon’s instructions after your procedure.

Contact our Nanaimo dentists today to learn more about dental implants and what you can expect after the procedure.

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