Frequently Asked Questions - Dental Implants

What are the CONSEQUENCES OF MISSING TeeTH?

  • Speech complications occur because of gap formed due to missing teeth

  • Missing teeth causes impairment in proper chewing of food as it is compulsory for the upper and lower tooth to come in contact in order to chew the food. If any of the upper or lower tooth is missing, the antagonist tooth also becomes useless.

  • Inability to chew food properly causes severe digestive system issues, thus affecting overall health

  • Missing teeth compel a person to chew food from the other side where all or majority of the teeth are present, thus resulting in to premature wearing of teeth of that side,

  • Multiple missing teeth results into drastic changes in an individual. These can make you look old with sunken face and premature wrinkles. This is caused due to lack of facial muscle support provided by teeth.

  • Facial muscle pain or pain in temporomandibular joint (the joint where the lower jaw joins the skull) due to improper bite or unilateral chewing.

  • Tilting of adjacent teeth into the empty space of lost teeth, thus causing faulty bite

 

Why Implants?

  • Implants function like natural teeth offering the most real feel, highest comfort level and the longest lasting substitute of natural teeth.

  • Highest success rate of 98% compared to any other substitute of natural tooth.

  • Protects surrounding healthy bone structure from resorbtion

  • Suitable solution for majority of the cases.

  • Implants help to preserve the shape of face & smile which could change due to sagging of facial muscles in absence of teeth.

  • Implants offer highest masticatory load bearing capacity thus enabling you to enjoy variety of foods.

 

Post Operative Instructions

Your main objective after the surgery should be not to disturb the wound as it may start bleeding if the clot is removed. For that, avoid rinsing, frequent spitting and touching the wound on the day of surgery.

  • BLEEDING : Some bleeding or little bit of redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (rapid filling of blood in mouth) can be controlled by biting on a sterile gauze pad placed directly on the surgical site for 30 minutes. If bleeding persists, please call your doctor for further instructions.

  • SWELLING : Swelling is normal after surgery. To minimalize swelling, ice bag should be kept over the cheek surrounding the surgical site. Multiple sessions of ice applications should be performed till 36 hours from the surgery.

  • FOOD : Do not take hot food or beverages till 24 hours of the surgery. Semi solid food and liquids are advised on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet after 1 day or as directed by your doctor.

  • MEDICATION : Take all prescribed medicines on time and according to the instructions given by your doctor. In case of any discomfort caused by any medicine, contact your doctor immediately. NO SELF MEDICATION IS ADVISED!

  • ORAL HYGIENE : Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Oral Rinse before bed. Use of mouthwashes should be practiced on a daily basis as advised by your doctor. Warm saline water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be performed at least 4-5 times a day after 24 hours of the surgery. Be gentle while brushing near the surgical areas.

  •  TOBACCO & ALCOHOL : Use of tobacco products of any kind (cigarettes, cigars, pipes or smokeless tobacco) and alcoholic products are strictly prohibited. These hamper healing and increase chances of implant failure.

  • ACTIVITY : Physical activities such as exercising, running, dancing etc. should be avoided as it may cause bleeding from the surgical site.

  • WEARING YOUR PROSTHESIS : Partial or full dentures should not be worn immediately after surgery and for at least 10 days.

 

Implant Care & Maintenance 

  • Maintaining proper oral hygiene is the key for implants success. These healthy habits must be incorporated in your daily routine:

  • Brushing twice daily is must in order to maintain a good oral hygiene.

  • Flossing once daily is essential to keep your oral health in good condition after Implants.
    Flossing technique: Take about 15- 18 inch long dental floss and coil it from both ends of a flosser or on to the first finger on both of your hands. Now slide it through the interdental space without forcing or injuring the gums. Now you can simply keep pulling the flosser from alternate sides and perform brushing movements by sliding it up and down.

  • Use of proxa brushes, interdental cleaning aids and mouthwashes are highly recommended. 

 
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