Dental implants promise to so closely simulate natural teeth that it will be hard to tell them apart. That’s definitely a good selling point, but we should also keep in mind that there are some differences.
Titanium implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone and intended to last for a lifetime, but there are specific precautions that go along with the recovery from any surgical procedure. Postoperative instructions will explain how to control bleeding and swelling along with a list of do’s and don’ts to follow for a full and timely adjustment.
Don’t be too anxious. You won’t be able to see the implant anyway so leave the area alone to let the healing process proceed at its own pace. Your dentist may install a “healing cap” to cover the implant while the gum tissue regenerates. Take care not to disturb the progress. Two of the biggest no-nos are smoking and strenuous activities.
If you want the best result possible you have to be dedicated to taking good care of your implant. Because the implant is metal it will require protection from scrapes and scratches that could attract infection causing bacteria. Avoid putting anything in your mouth that could irritate surface of the implant. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a specialized floss.
Take good care of your implant and see your dentist regularly for follow up exams.
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