Life After Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

Your dentist has told you about the dental implant procedure – but what about after the operation? Today, our Sydney dentists explain what to expect from life after implants.

What are dental implants?

Are you missing one or more teeth? Your dentist may recommend a dental implant to hold a tooth replacement such as a bridge or crown in place.

Dental bridges and crowns are restorations that resemble natural teeth in appearance and functionality. Your oral and general health can be enhanced by having dental implants placed by our Sydney dentists.

What should I eat after surgery?

With a dental implant, you'll eventually be able to eat all of your favourite foods. However, there are some foods you should eat while recovering from dental implant surgery, and others you should avoid because they can irritate the incision site.

You’ll want to eat soft, nutritious food for the first few days after surgery. Here are some foods to stock up on:

  • Mashed potatoes (fibre-rich and soft, add cheese or gravy for flavour)
  • Pudding
  • Applesauce (high in fibre and vitamin C)
  • Jell-O
  • Yogurt (no nuts or granola, though)
  • Warm, broth-based soups (Filled with essential vitamins and protein-rich)

Will my dental implants function like my natural teeth?

Dental implants are a long-term solution and are customizable. Your surgeon will choose replacement teeth that blend well with your natural teeth.

You will be able to speak, eat, and drink without difficulty once the implants have bonded to the jawbone. You might want to look up dental implant reviews online for inspiration, advice, and encouragement if you're curious about how people with dental implants fared in life.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime and typically require only minor adjustments. When compared to other tooth replacement options, dental implants can be a long-term solution if properly cared for.

Depending on your case, implants may be a more cost-effective solution in terms of lifetime cost when compared to bridges or crowns, which may need to be replaced sooner.

Proper Care

Just like looking after your natural teeth, caring for dental implants is simple. In order to ensure the long-term success of your implant, make sure to brush and floss twice a day.

Regular Dental Appointments

Along with a good oral hygiene routine, it's critical to see your dentist twice a year. Your dentist will clean your teeth and gums thoroughly during these visits.

In addition, he or she will examine the surrounding teeth and the state of your dental implant. This enables your dentist to take care of any gum problems or deterioration early on, or perhaps even stop it altogether.

How can I maintain excellent health?

Lifestyle choices (such as abstaining from smoking and excessive drinking of alcohol) remain an important factor in your oral and overall health when it comes to life after dental implants.

Certain diseases, such as periodontal disease or other conditions, can increase the risk of dental implant instability or failure. That is why it is critical to follow your dentist's or surgeon's post-procedure instructions.

Are you wondering what life after dental implants will be like? Our Sydney dentists can explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today.

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