It is important to understand what dental surgery involves and how to take care of your mouth after the titanium implants have been inserted into your jaw.
Dental implants are the medically accepted way to treat broken or missing teeth. Ergo, as with all surgical procedures, it is important to look after your mouth, especially the surgical wounds to make sure that they are not compromised and have to be redone.
Dental implants: What and Why?
Before we look at ways to care for your mouth after orthodontic surgery, let’s have a look at what dental implants are as well as why they are the preferred treatment to replace missing or broken teeth.
Dental implants: What?
Simply stated, dental implants are titanium-based metal posts or frames which designed to replace broken or missing teeth by fusing with your jaw and providing a stable base for your dentist to fit artificial teeth onto them.
Dental implants: Why?
They have several advantages over the fitment of traditional dentures and even leaving the gaps in your teeth.
Firstly, it is not a good idea to leave the holes in your mouth as your remaining teeth will move into these gaps causing crooked teeth and the crumbling of your jawbone. Crooked teeth that are have moved on top of one another make it difficult to clean your teeth properly; thus, allowing gum disease to develop. If gingivitis is allowed to grow, it will mature into periodontal disease which could end up in destroyed gums as well as your teeth falling out.
Secondly, traditional dentures do not always fit well, leaving sores in your mouth and changes to your facial features. Furthermore, the different foods that you can eat will be severely restricted.
Tips for post-surgery care
Rest is important
It is vital that you rest after your procedure. Too much movement will cause your mouth to bleed excessively. Post-operative healing also takes time. The implants have to fuse with your jawbone and gums. If these implants do not bond with your jaw, they will not strong enough to hold your new teeth.
Use ice to stop bleeding and reduce swelling
Ice cools the bruised tissues down; thereby, causing the blood vessels to narrow and reducing the blood supply to the area. This, in turn, will help with blood clotting so that the bleeding will slow down and eventually stop. The reduced blood supply will also contribute to reducing the swelling and the inflammation around the surgical site.
Take your medicine
Your dentist will prescribe medication to take after the surgery. This medication will more than likely consist of painkillers and anti-inflammatory agents, as well as antibiotics to prevent the growth of any bacteria that has entered your body during the surgery. It is important to take this medication as the surgeon has prescribed as it will help with the healing process.