If you’ve made the wise decision to get dentures over implants — congratulations! You’re on your way to a more comfortable and confident lifestyle. You may be feeling anxious about an upcoming surgery, which is completely normal.
Today, we’re going to examine what you should expect post-implant surgery, and how you can make it as comfortable as possible for yourself. Almost all of our patients have the same concerns — don’t feel like you’re alone. Just continue reading this blog and we will walk you through the process.
Dental implants can seem scary and challenging. Dentures over implants are an excellent investment — they generally require less maintenance, adjustments, and repairs than other denture products.
DENTURES OVER IMPLANTS AT A GLANCE
Dentures over implants are one of the best solutions for patients missing most or all of their teeth — by latching onto surgically insert implants, these dentures are built to stay in place. They’ll feel more secure, last longer, and require fewer adjustments than many other types of dentures.
Dentures over implants are the best way to maintain your facial structure and jaw strength over time. They stimulate your bones and encourage your body to continue producing much-needed support — making you look and feel younger for longer.
CARING FOR YOUR DENTAL IMPLANTS POST SURGERY
If you’ve elected for dentures over implants, it’s crucial for long-term success to care for your mouth, gums, and jaw in the weeks and months following surgery. A few simple steps and precautions can make all the difference.
- After the Procedure
Avoid distressing your wounds — which means avoiding rubbing your tongue over your stitches, no matter how badly your body tells you to. It’s especially important to keep your fingers out of your mouth. Your fingers often carry destructive and infectious bacteria which can wreak havoc throughout your body. If anything else — keep your fingers out of your mouth.
- If it’s Bleeding
Bleeding is a totally normal part of oral surgery. If the bleeding becomes excessive, apply gauze to the wound. The general advice in regard to bleeding is not to stress — it is an expected part of the process. If bleeding continues excessively after 24 hours, contact your doctor, dentist, or denturist immediately.
- If it’s Swelling
Swelling is another normal and expected part of significant oral surgery. If swelling becomes excessively uncomfortable, place a cold bag of ice or frozen vegetables close to the dental implant. This should provide comfort while reducing swelling.
- During eating
Discuss a recommended diet with your denturist before your surgical procedure. You’ll likely want to stick to lukewarm/cold liquids or soft foods for the first few days – weeks following surgery — however, it may vary significantly patient to patient.
- Managing the Pain
You will be prescribed pain medications as needed. Follow the directions of your healthcare professional and contact your family doctor or denturist with any questions or concerns.