Life After Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

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You have been informed about what happens during the dental implant procedure, but you don't know what will happen after the operation. Here our team of dentists in Whitehorse tell you exactly what you can expect after the operation.   

What are dental implants?

If you are missing one or more teeth your dentist could suggest a dental implant in order to hold tooth replacements in place. Examples of replacements are dental bridges and crowns which look and function like a natural tooth. Having our Whitehorse dentists place dental implants can help improve your oral and overall health.

What should I eat after surgery?

Soon, you’ll be able to enjoy all the foods you love with a dental implant. Although, when recovering from your dental implant surgery there are a several foods you should eat, and some you should avoid because they can irritate the incision site.

You will want to eat soft, nutritious foods for the first few days after surgery. Below is a list of foods to stock up on:

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

Will my dental implants function like my natural teeth?

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

The implants are fused to the jawbone and you’ll be able to speak, eat and drink without hassle. If you want to know how people experienced life with dental implants, you can look up dental implant reviews online for encouragement, ideas and tips. 

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are meant to last a lifetime, and usually only need occasional readjustments. Compared to other teeth replacement options, dental implants can be a long-lasting solution if they are cared for properly.

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

It's easy to care for dental implants because it's like maintaining your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss two times a day, because a great oral healthcare routine is key to the long term success of your implant’s.

Regular Dental Appointments

On top of a solid oral healthcare routine, it’s also imperative to keep visiting your dentist twice a year. At these visits, your dentist will perform a thorough cleaning to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

They will also examine the condition of your dental implant, and the health of your surrounding teeth. This lets your dentist address any gum issues or deterioration early, or potentially prevent them entirely.

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.

Diseases like periodontal disease or other conditions can lead to a higher risk of instability, or dental implant failure, making it important to follow your dentist’s or surgeon’s instructions following your procedure.

Do you want to learn more about what life is like after getting dental implants? Contact our Whitehorse dentists who will be happy to explain to you the full procedure and answer any questions or concerns that you have.

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Contact Klondyke Dental Centre today.

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