Losing teeth happens to the best of us. There are many reasons why this happens: age, amount of dental care you have had, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, you name it. If you are missing at least one tooth, you are a candidate for dental implant surgery.
What do I do now?
Setting up a consultation with Dr. McNeely will calm your nerves, answer your questions, and determine your best course of action.
Our clients who have had dental implant surgery always have questions regarding what they can and can’t do once they are home. Some of the most common questions we are asked involve brushing, flossing and managing discomfort.
Post-Op dental implant care can be scary but it doesn’t need to be. Implants are just like your other teeth and should be treated the same way.
Keep in mind that at-home care should begin immediately.
Stay away from hot food for the first day and stop yourself from “swilling” liquids around in your mouth. Do not touch the area with your fingers or tongue and no running or exercising for the first 48 hours.
You may have some swelling for the first few days. Our best advice is to wrap an ice pack in a towel and hold it on your cheek for a maximum of ten minutes at a time. After 24 hours, use a gentle heat.
How to handle minor discomforts.
If you have problems sleeping, propping yourself up on a few pillows should help.
You may be sore after surgery but nothing that over-the-counter medicine can’t help.
It can take anywhere from two to nine months to heal but if you treat yourself well and maintain your routine oral hygiene, your implant can last for 20 years.
Make sure to see Dr. McNeely every six months for a cleaning and check-up, and to show off that beautiful smile.
We have evening and weekend hours available if you need to contact us with any questions.