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Life After Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

Your dentist has explained the dental implant procedure to you, but what happens afterward? Today, our Etobicoke dentists discuss what life after implants entails.

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 bridges or crowns are restorations that resemble natural teeth in appearance and function. Our Etobicoke dentists can help you improve your oral and overall health by placing dental implants.

What should I eat after surgery?

With a dental implant, you'll eventually be able to eat all of your favourite foods. However, there are some foods you should eat and others you should avoid while recovering from dental implant surgery because 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:

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

Will my dental implants function like my natural teeth?

Dental implants are a long-term solution and are customizable. Your surgeon will choose replacement teeth that blend well with your natural teeth.

You'll be able to speak, eat, and drink normally after the implants have fused to the jawbone. If you're interested in hearing about other people's experiences with dental implants, you can find ideas, tips, and encouragement by searching for dental implant reviews online.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime and require only minor adjustments. Dental implants, when compared to other tooth replacement options, can be a long-term solution if properly cared for.

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

Maintaining your dental implants is as simple as caring for your natural teeth. Brush and floss twice a day, as a good oral hygiene routine is critical to the long-term success of your implant.

Regular Dental Appointments

It's also critical to visit your dentist twice a year, in addition to maintaining a good oral hygiene routine. Your dentist will clean your teeth and gums during these visits to keep them healthy.

He or she will also examine the state of your dental implant as well as the health of your neighbouring teeth. This enables your dentist to address any gum problems or deterioration early on, if not completely prevent them.

How can I maintain excellent health?

Lifestyle choices (such as abstaining from smoking and excessive drinking of alcohol) remain an important factor in your oral and overall health when it comes to life after dental implants.

Certain diseases, such as periodontal disease or other conditions, can increase the risk of implant failure or instability. That's why it's critical to follow your dentist's or surgeon's post-surgery instructions.

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

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