Dental Implant Surgery Aftercare

It is critical to follow your dentist’s instructions after dental implant surgery to ensure a successful recovery. The most common aftercare instructions include the following:

  • For the first 24 hours post-surgery, stick to cold beverages and do not rinse or swill liquid over the surgical area. Do not touch the area with your fingers or tongue.
  • Some swelling or bruising is normal and should subside within 2 to 3 days. You may use an ice pack applied to the side of the face to help minimize swelling.
  • Some bleeding is also normal in the first 24 hours. Bleeding can be controlled by biting down on a damp gauze pad or tea bag placed on the wound area. Do not take aspirin or aspirin compounds as these can cause additional bleeding. If you experience excessive bleeding, or it persists for longer than two days, contact your dentist.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid hot foods and fluids for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Maintain a soft diet for several months to give the implant area time to heal.
  • If your dentist has prescribed antibiotics, be sure to take the entire dosage for the time period specified. Pain should be minimal, but you may experience some soreness for several days after surgery. Your surgeon may prescribe pain relievers, or you may take non-aspirin based over-the-counter pain relievers to alleviate any pain you may experience.
  • Avoid drinking from straws.
  • Do not smoke as it severely increases the chances of infection and slows healing.
  • Keep exercise and physical activity to a minimum for 48 hours following surgery.
  • Brush and floss normally, using a little bit of water to rinse and avoiding the surgical area. Your dentist may provide a special mouthwash to rinse, or suggest a hot saltwater mixture.
  • If you wear dentures, consult with your surgeon as to when you may resume their use.
  • If you experience any signs of infection such as fever, vomiting, or nausea or any excessive swelling or bleeding, contact your implant dentist immediately.
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Cosmetic Dentistry Options to Whiten Your Smile

smileA variety of factors can cause your teeth to become dark and dingy. Smoking or chewing tobacco, drinking wine, coffee or tea, eating pigment intense foods, too much fluoride, or trauma to the tooth can all cause your teeth to discolor and lose their shine. The good news is cosmetic dentistry offers several options to return your teeth to their natural whiteness:

  • Professional teeth whitening in Beaverton OR can be completed in as little as one office visit and can lighten your teeth as much as ten shades. This type of whitening mainly treats surface stains and can last several years with careful maintenance.
  • Dental veneers are a better option for teeth with internal stains that are resistant to professional whitening. The placement of veneers involves roughing up the surface of the tooth and then applying an extremely thin porcelain or composite veneer that bonds to the surface of the tooth. With care, dental veneers can last as long as ten years.
  • For individual teeth that have changed color due to damage or trauma, composite bonding is an excellent option. This procedure involves the use of a tooth-colored bonding material to cover the surface of the tooth and match it to the color of the surrounding teeth.

If you suffer from a dark or discolored smile and want to restore it to bright and white, cosmetic dentistry may be the answer to your concerns. Schedule a consultation with a qualified cosmetic dentist to find out which treatments would best suit your needs and allow you to once again face the world with a beautiful, white smile.

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Replacing a Tooth with a Dental Implant

Dental-Implant-MPOHaving a hole in your smile is not only embarrassing or unsightly, it also impacts the function of your mouth. It’s much easier to eat and speak with a full set of teeth. In the past, dentures or bridges were the go-to solutions for missing teeth. Not anymore! Dental implants provide a secure and permanent way to restore your smile.

A dental implant is a titanium rod that creates an artificial tooth root in the location that yours is missing. It is surgically implanted into your jaw so that as it heals, it fuses with your jawbone and becomes a permanent part of your body. Once the area has healed, an artificial tooth is placed on top of the titanium rod to give you back a fully functional and attractive tooth.

Dental implants offer many advantages to patients:

  • Permanent
  • No impact to neighboring teeth
  • Attractive and natural
  • Feels like a real tooth
  • Secure
  • Prevents migration of teeth

Implants are installed using local anesthesia, so you will not experience pain during the procedure. Minor swelling may occur afterwards, and any pain can usually be treated with over-the-counter products. Risks are low with dental implants, and long-term results are successful in most cases. Good oral care is important in maintaining your implants, but is no different than your regular brushing and flossing routine. Regular checkups at Bethany Dental Care  will help ensure that your implant remains in your smile forever.

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Dental Implant FAQ

oldersmilingcoupleDental implants are artificial teeth that mimic your natural tooth roots and are placed directly into your jawbone to provide optimal support for dental crowns, bridges and removable prosthodontics such as dentures. If you are considering dental implant therapy, please use the following guide to answer some of your questions.

 

 

  • Am I a candidate for dental implant treatment? Dental implants can be used in healthy patients whose jawbones have completed growing and who have sufficient quality and quantity of jawbone to have a healthy implantation.
  • Is dental implant treatment safe? Dentists agree that in healthy patients who are good candidates for the procedure, dental implants are low-risk.
  • Will I be in a lot of pain during dental implant surgery? Dental implant surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure in your dentist’s office under local anesthesia.
  • Does it take a long time to undergo the procedure? Treatment can generally be performed in under an hour, depending on the number of implants required.
  • Is recovery painful? Healing from dental implant surgery is typically quick and easy for most healthy people. Any lingering pain can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • When will I get my new teeth? Implants must fuse to the bone in a process called ossification, a process that can take up to six months. In most cases, temporary teeth will be in place during this time period.
  • How do I care for my dental implants? You will take care of your implants in the same way you would care for your natural teeth. Brush twice a day or after meals, especially before bedtime. Floss daily and continue to maintain regular dental appointments for checkups and preventative care.
  • How long do dental implants last? Dental implants can last for twenty or thirty years if you care for them properly.

 

If you live in the Beaverton OR area and you’re considering dental implants, contact our office today.

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