Life After Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

Your dentist may have told you some things about the implant procedure, but what about after the operation? Here, our Saskatoon 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 crowns and bridges are restorations that both look and function like a natural tooth. Having our Saskatoon dentists place dental implants can help improve your oral and overall health.

What should I eat after surgery?

Eventually, you will be able to enjoy all of the foods that you love with a dental implant in your smile. With that being said, while recovering from your dental implant surgery, there are a few foods you may want ot consider eating and a number that you should avoid until your mouth is healed since 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:

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

Will my dental implants function like my natural teeth?

Dental implants are a customizable and long-term dental restoration. Your surgeon will be able to choose replacement teeth restorations that will blend in with your natural smile. 

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

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

Caring for your dental implants is as easy as maintaining your natural teeth. Make sure to brush and floss twice a day, as a great oral healthcare routine is essential to your implant’s long-term success.

Regular Dental Appointments

Alongside a solid oral healthcare routine, it's critical that you continue to visit your dentist twice each year. During these visits, your dentist will be able to complete a comprehensive cleaning in order to keep your gums and teeth healthy.

They will check in on the condition of your implant and the health of your surrounding teeth. This allows your dentist to address any gum issues or deterioration early and potentially prevent them entirely. 

How can I maintain excellent health?

Abstaining from smoking or excessive drinking of alcohol, along with other lifestyle choices, will remain an important factor in your overall and oral health when it comes to life after having your implants placed. 

Certain diseases such as periodontal disease or other conditions can lead to an increased risk of instability, or dental implant failure. That’s why it’s important to follow your dentist’s or surgeon’s instructions after your procedure.

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

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