When you have had oral implants fitted, you may have a few questions concerning aftercare, and you simply may have forgotten to ask your dental team.
As oral implants are relatively new in cosmetic dentistry and more people have them fitted, there is more information available online about the procedure leading up to the fitting than on how to care for your implants once you are at home.
At Kooringal Dental, we are always happy to meet with patients who have missing teeth and want to replace them with dental implants Wagga. Our team has extensive experience in fitting these restorative appliances and can advise you on everything from your suitability to promoting longevity.
So, what are some of the most common questions we receive about dental implants Wagga once they have been fitted?
Should I expect them to hurt?
It is very common for newly fitted dental implants Wagga to be sore, so this should not be a cause for concern unless the discomfort is lingering or keeping you awake at night. Any discomfort you feel from having the oral implants fitted should be manageable using over-the-counter pain relievers such as paracetamol. If you notice that the discomfort is getting worse or spreading, you must book an urgent appointment to see our team as you may have an infection.
Why is there swelling?
There is likely to be swelling when you have had oral implants fitted because the gums had to be opened to place the implant. However, swelling is normal and should recede on its own in a few days. If it doesn’t, you will need to contact our team.
How should I keep them clean?
Our team advises patients not to brush implants with a toothbrush, but you can keep the area free from food and other debris by rinsing it gently with salt water; this will help to reduce inflammation and the chance of infection.
What are the signs of infection I need to look out for?
The most common sign of infection you need to keep an eye out for when you have newly fitted oral implants is discomfort. Excessive discomfort that prevents you from eating or sleeping is one of the most obvious signs of infection. Others include the gums turning blue or purple, the presence of pus, fever and excessive swelling to the face or neck. It is worth noting that you should have any oral implant infections checked as soon as possible to ensure that the implants will not need to be removed and that you remain healthy.
How long will it take for the implants to fuse?
Many factors go into the process of the implant’s fusing. For one thing, your age and general health will be very important during this process, and any underlying conditions such as osteoporosis or diabetes can slow the process down. On average, oral implants fuse within around 3 to 9 months. After 12 months, if there is no sign of the implant fusing, our team will remove it.
All treatments carry risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.