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After your dental implant

Westbrook House Dental Surgery after your dental implantWhat you can you expect after your dental implant? In addition to the aesthetic benefits (think of your smile without missing teeth!), you will be able to chew just about anything with your dental implants that you could with your natural teeth. Because dental implants are attached to the jawbone, implants provide important chewing support (you will be able to chew normally!).

What about the health of my jawbone and gums?

Dental implants provide stimulation to the jawbone and gums. This important stimulation, which is usually provided by the tooth root when you have natural teeth, helps prevent bone loss and gum recession. Delaying an implant can lead to face shape alteration — an unfortunate result of  bone loss and gum recession.

Will I be able to eat normally after my dental implant?

Once your dental implant anchors into your jawbone, you will be able to chew normally – just as you would be able to with your natural teeth. After the implant, it takes some time for your implant to anchor. At Westbrook House Dental Surgery, your dentist will accompany you on your journey back to a great smile, and will give you guidance on just how quickly you can resume eating and chewing normally.

Many people experience tenderness or swelling for a few days after the implant. You may need to eat foods that don’t require much chewing initially, such as soft cold foods or warm soup.

What about ongoing dental care?

You will care for your dental implants like normal teeth. The best care for your implants is the same care that you should provide for natural teeth. Daily dental hygiene, flossing and brushing daily, will contribute to the success of your dental implant and to the health of your natural teeth.

What can you do after your dental implant to contribute to the success of your implant?

Flossing and brushing daily will help prevent infections from developing around your dental implants. Consistent dental hygiene helps the fusing process between your dental implants and your jawbone succeed.

By flossing, brushing, and keeping a regular schedule of dental appointments, your dental implants can last a lifetime without needing replacement!

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