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Life After Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

Your dentist has informed you of the dental implant procedure – but what happens afterwards? Today, our Ottawa dentists discuss what life after implants is like.

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 mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth. Dental implants placed by our Ottawa dentists can help improve your oral and overall health.

What should I eat after surgery?

With a dental implant, you will eventually be able to eat all of the foods you enjoy. However, while you are recovering from dental implant surgery, there are certain foods that you should consume and others that you should avoid due to the possibility of irritating 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.

After the implants have been fused to the jawbone, you will be able to speak, eat, and drink normally. If you're curious about how others have fared with dental implants, you can find ideas, tips, and encouragement by searching online for dental implant reviews.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime and typically require only minor adjustments. In comparison to other tooth replacement options, dental implants can be a long-term solution if properly maintained.

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 daily, as an effective oral healthcare routine is critical to the long-term success of your implant.

Regular Dental Appointments

Along with a healthy oral hygiene routine, it's critical to visit your dentist twice a year. During these visits, your dentist will perform a thorough cleaning to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

Additionally, he or she will examine the condition of your dental implant and the surrounding 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 instability or failure. That is why it is critical to follow your dentist's or surgeon's post-operative instructions.

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

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