Dental Implants Dos & Don’ts

One of our favourite restorative treatments, dental implants can replace one tooth or many, but always with the same fantastic result – a realistic false tooth that looks and acts like the rest of your natural teeth.

Our expert dentists here at Arnold Dental, based near Newark, have been helping restore smiles for years. And when it comes to tooth implants, you really couldn’t be in safer hands, because it’s something we routinely carry out, with incredible results our patients love.

In this post, we’ll go through some simple dos and don’ts for the treatment, so you know exactly what to expect on the day, as well as before and after the procedure.

Do book in for a consultation

When it comes to any type of dental restoration, it’s crucial to book in for a consultation to really get an idea of what your options are, and how much work is involved. Dental implants are a kind of small surgery, so it’s important for us to thoroughly assess your mouth and work out how we can help.

While many adults are suitable for dental implants, there are exceptions, and there are also cases where other treatments may be required in addition – for example, if you have bone loss in your jaw.

Our consultations are also a great way to get to know each other and to answer those key questions and concerns ahead of performing the treatment. We can also give you an outline of the treatment itself and any aftercare you might need to follow.

Do keep to a good dental routine

If you already have your oral routine organised, fantastic – keep it up! Poor hygiene and cleanliness in the mouth can cause decay to set in, which could lead to teeth falling out or requiring extraction. In these situations, you’ll likely be looking at replacing even more teeth. If, however, you’re struggling with how to keep your natural teeth clean – or, indeed, you have new tooth implants that you’re finding hard to care for – our dentists can help, giving you advice on the correct toothbrush, toothpaste and interdental brushes or floss needed to keep them in top, healthy condition.

Don’t interfere with the healing process

Tooth implants require a healing period between the root part being fitted and the crown being fitted, and it’s key that you take special care during this time, in order to avoid any complications or infections. Our dentistscan create a temporary crown to wear while your new implants are taking to the bone, but the most sensitive time is when you’re fresh from surgery, so take care to avoid touching the area and try to avoid any crunchy foods in those first few days.

Don’t delay!

If you’ve been left with a small gap in your smile due to a lost tooth, you may think it’s not worth worrying about. But in fact, it could cause problems in the future, from teeth that space out to fill the gap, to potential bone loss in the case of multiple missing teeth.

It’s also likely, where multiple teeth are missing, that you’re experiencing slight loss in bite and chew function, and maybe even a knock to your confidence. Our dentists can help with all of these problems, so please don’t delay, and get in touch with our team today.