When you are looking for a suitable way to restore missing teeth, one of the most popular options available these days from cosmetic dental teams is oral implants.
Affixed to the jaw via surgery, these titanium pegs gradually fuse with the surrounding jawbone over a period of around 3 to 9 months, creating a stable anchor point for prosthetic teeth to be attached. However, once you have had oral implants fitted, you will need to adhere to strict aftercare in order to ensure that they fuse correctly and that there are no ensuing infections.
So, with that in mind, what are some of the things you should keep an eye out for after you have had dental implants Ryde fitted? Read on to find out.
While the oral implants that you have fitted will be secured in place, one of the key things to keep an eye out for is them becoming loose or wobbling. This can be due to incorrect fitting or it may be caused by you simply applying too much pressure to them too early. This is why dental teams advise in the first few weeks post fitting that the implants are not disturbed by toothbrushes or hard foods. If you can feel your implant moving or can see it wobbling in a mirror, please seek out the help of your dentist.
After you have had oral implants fitted, you can expect there to be some swelling in the area. However, this swelling should gradually go down over the next few days. If you notice that it is increasing, even if the swelling is not causing discomfort, you still need to have it assessed. This is because if it becomes large enough it may cause issues with eating or breathing and can be a symptom of an infection.
Pus after surgery is never a good sign and if you notice the presence of any pus or discolouration around the implant site, you need to seek emergency dental care. This is because these two signs are indicative of an infection which, while rare after having oral implants fitted, can be treated, but if it is left it can cause deformations to the jawbone which can make it harder for the implant to fuse.
As mentioned before, some symptoms after surgery are normal, such as discomfort, but once again, this should be reduced over the coming days and not get worse. If you notice that the discomfort around your oral implant site is worsening and is causing you to stop eating or is driving you to distraction, you need to seek the advice of your dental team as soon as possible.
Sinus headaches are more typical if you have had implants placed on the upper jaw, but if you notice that post-fitting you are experiencing headaches, you need to seek advice from your dental team. Such headaches may indicate an infection in the bone which had spread to the sinuses or an accidental puncturing of the sinus cavity.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.