After Implant Placement
Dental implant surgery is now a very common treatment option to replace missing teeth among adults. Implanted teeth are the best restorative option for your natural teeth.
To make sure your implant surgery is successful and your prosthetic lasts longer, Dr. Ardoin and Dr. Kennedy at Oral and Facial Surgery Center recommend proper oral hygiene and good dietary habits.
What to Expect After Implant Placement Surgery
Since implant placement is a surgical procedure, you will experience some pain and discomfort in the first few days after surgery. This can include:
All of this can be managed by simple over-the-counter pain medication. You can also place a cold pack to the side of the face to alleviate the swelling. However, if you experience severe pain, swelling, and bleeding days after the operation, schedule an emergency appointment with us so that we can resolve the issue quickly.
You may also be required to eat soft, warm, or cold food after the surgery. Strictly avoid eating hard, or very sticky food as that can shift your implant from its place and result in pain.
Possible Risks After Implant Placement
Although dental implant surgeries are routine procedures and over 90 percent of them are successful, there may be some complications in rare cases. These include:
How to Take Care of Implants and Implant-Supported Dentures
The success of your implants and implant-supported dentures depend on their aftercare.
Implants need to be brushed with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day. Take care to brush carefully under and around the implanted tooth with non-abrasive toothpaste. Use a soft dental floss to clean away food debris between the teeth. Also, use an antibacterial mouth rinse to clean your mouth between meals.
Implant-Supported Denture Care
Unclip the removable overdentures from the implants and clean the underside with a soft denture brush. Rinse the component with water before putting it back into your mouth. It would help if you also soaked the overdentures in a glass of water so that they retain their shape.
If you wish to have dental implant surgery or have some concerns about the procedure, call us at 337-443-2533 for our Lafayette location or 337-381-3663 for our Opelousas location today.