Dental implants are not "Fit and Forget" they need the same care and attention as natural teeth. On completion of treatment it will be necessary for you to attend a number of recall appointments to check the condition of the implants and to adjust the bite if required.
After this, regular six monthly dental check-ups are required to monitor the condition of the implants and any remaining natural teeth. Also regular hygiene maintenance appointments, as a build of plaque will cause gum problems and possible bone loss from around your implants, resulting in their eventual loss.
If you have teeth and implants mixed together it is also very important to maintain the health of the natural teeth. Should the natural teeth become infected or are lost for any reason the remaining implants may be damaged by the extra pressure caused by the addition work load.
After the procedure there will be some discomfort and swelling. The degree of swelling will depend upon the number of implants placed and whether or not additional surgical procedures were carried out. Occasionally along with the swelling there may also be slight bruising of the skin overlying the area, this will fade over a week or two. If you are a smoker or have a pre-existing medical condition that affects soft tissue healing, the amount of swelling may be greater. The gum tissue in the region where the implants have been placed may change appearance or colour and take on a white appearance for a short time (normally two weeks) after surgery.
After 6/10 days once the soft tissue has healed sufficiently the stitches are removed, if dissolving stitches have been used this may not be necessary. After this stage the implants will be left undisturbed for at least three to six months to attach to the jawbone. During this period the top of the implant may show through the gum slightly and metal may become visible. Although this is normally no cause for concern, should it occur please contact the practice to have the area checked.
Dr Jiten Patel and Dr Parimal Patel have years of experience helping patients with dental implants, and caring for their dental health. If you are interested in booking an appointment, get in touch today.