Expert Care from Dentist at Underwood
Undergoing a dental implant procedure is a significant step towards restoring your smile’s functionality and aesthetics. Proper care during the dental implant healing stages is crucial to ensure the long-term success.
At Dentist at Underwood, we are committed to guiding you through each healing phase, providing expert care and advice to ensure a smooth recovery process.
Immediate Post-Procedure Care
After the dental implant surgery, it’s essential to prioritise rest and avoid strenuous activities for the first 24 to 48 hours. You may experience some swelling, discomfort, or minor bleeding. Applying ice packs and taking prescribed pain medications can help manage these symptoms.
Stick to soft foods and maintain a gentle oral hygiene routine to keep the implant site clean.
Initial Healing (1-2 Weeks)
During this phase, the focus is on minimising irritation to the implant site. Avoiding hot or spicy foods, tobacco, and alcohol can aid in reducing inflammation. Rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater solution can help keep the area clean and promote healing.
Attend any follow-up appointments scheduled by Dentist at Underwood for proper monitoring.
Osseointegration (6 Weeks – 6 Months)
This is a crucial stage where the implant fuses with the jawbone. To support successful osseointegration, maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine using a soft-bristle toothbrush and a non-alcoholic, fluoride-based mouthwash.
Avoid putting excessive pressure on the implant site and refrain from chewing on hard objects. Our team will monitor your progress and provide guidance as needed.
Placement of the Abutment
Once osseointegration is complete, the abutment (connector) is attached to the implant. After this minor procedure, allow a short period for the gums to heal around the abutment.
Stick to a softer diet during this time and maintain impeccable oral hygiene to prevent infection.
Final Restoration (Crowns, Bridges, or Dentures)
The final step involves placing the custom-made crown, bridge, or denture onto the abutment. This step may require a few adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit.
After the restoration is in place, continue practising good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings.
Your dental implant is a long-term investment, and proper maintenance is key to its success. Continue to visit Dentists at Underwood for routine check-ups and cleanings.
Avoid smoking, which can hinder the healing process, and address any concerns promptly to prevent complications.
Why Dentist at Underwood?
At Dentist at Underwood, we prioritise your oral health and comfort throughout every stage of your dental implant journey. From the immediate post-procedure care to the final restoration and beyond, our team is dedicated to ensuring your dental implant healing stages are managed with expertise and care.
Following these guidelines and seeking regular professional guidance will help you enjoy the full benefits of your dental implant for years to come.
Schedule a consultation with us to begin your journey towards a beautifully restored smile.