Dental Implant Aftercare
If you are getting a missing tooth replaced, you may be concerned about the dental implant aftercare procedure. People heal at different paces, people will respond differently to different treatments, but for the majority of time, most of my patients, when they come to me for implants or the surgical phase of the implant treatment, they’ll say, “How’s this going to feel afterwards?” or “What can I expect?” I would say probably 80 to 90% of the time, patients will go home the next day and call me back and say, “What did you do? Did you do anything? Because I’m in no pain whatsoever.” Other times, there can be some complications, which we will then address, but for the majority of the time, everything can be easily maintained with over-the-counter non-prescription drugs that you would normally take to deal with a headache or mild fever.
Dental Implant Aftercare | Special Care
One of the questions that patients might ask me is if implants require special care. A lot of times when an implant’s placed and an actual tooth has been fixated to the implant, a lot of the normal care required will be the same thing for your natural tooth. Implants can be exposed to the same harms as natural teeth, whether it’s bone loss or any kind of periodontal disease and issues of infection. As long as a patient is maintaining adequate oral hygiene, whether it’s brushing and flossing normally day-to-day and coming to their dentist or hygienist for their annual maintenance checkups and cleanings, implants will function just as well as normal teeth and require the same maintenance as normal teeth.
Dental Implant Aftercare | Success Rate
Sometimes when people are inquiring about replacing missing teeth they’ll ask me about dental implants. One of the main things they want to know is what the success rate is, because a lot of times it is a financial investment and people want to make sure that their money is well invested into a situation that’s going to work out. Again, every case is individualized and every situation has its own criteria for how well something is going to do in the long-term.
If patients are in general good health overall and come in for normal dental routine cleanings, the majority of the time, implants will probably hold about a 95% success rate when placed. This is if they make sure there aren’t any underlying issues currently with their mouth, whether it’s periodontal disease, broken down teeth, or issues with grinding at their dentist visits. I like to be able to tell patients, with confidence, if they take care of their body, they take care of their mouth and they get an implant, it’s 95% successful. To learn more about dental implant aftercare, please call our Buffalo dentists today for a free consultation.