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Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions – Spring, TX

What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

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While no other tooth replacement procedure is as reliable as the dental implant process, there are still some dental implant frequently asked questions that need to be answered. As you continue reading, Dr. Baldwin provides his expert perspective, and he invites you to make a lasting change in the condition of your oral health by visiting Dental Smile Team for an examination and consultation!

Question #1 – Will I be in Pain?

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With the advances in modern dentistry, the days of enduring painful dental procedures are in the past. Dr. Baldwin will apply local anesthesia to ensure you’ll have a painless experience.

However, it’s typical for there to be some discomfort for up to 10 days following the placement of your dental implant. Thankfully, you’re not left to just deal with the soreness. Based on the complexity of your procedure and your individual pain threshold, we’ll provide you with the right protocol to recover comfortably.

Question #2 – What Should I Eat Afterwards?

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Following the placement of your dental implant, you should adhere to a liquid or soft-food diet. Some options you can consider are smoothies, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, and other items that won’t risk damaging your implant.

It’s also critical that you drink an adequate amount of water daily to stay hydrated and to hinder the growth of bacteria in your mouth. A safe quantity is a ½ ounce per pound of weight. For example, a 150-pound person would need to drink around 75 ounces of water daily, which is roughly four-to-five bottles of water.

Question #3 – Should I Expect Any Bleeding?

For the first 24 hours after your procedure, it’s normal for there to be slight bleeding. Thus, you may notice some redness in your saliva.

If, however, the bleeding becomes excessive, you can gently bite down on a cotton gauze and apply pressure for 30 minutes. In the event the bleeding continues, reach out to our dental office so we can schedule you for a visit with Dr. Baldwin.

Question #4 – How Should I Perform Oral Hygiene?

Bacteria growth is a constant threat to your oral health. Therefore, it’s still of the utmost importance to perform proper oral hygiene after your dental implant is placed. To prevent any unnecessary damage to the treatment site, though, it must be done correctly.

Dr. Baldwin will provide specific instructions on how to effectively yet safely clean your teeth, which may include the use of a special rinse. As another means of preventing the corrosive microorganisms from growing, you’ll also be advised to rinse four-to-five times throughout the day with a salt-water solution.

Question #5 – Should I Expect to Have Some Swelling?

As is typical with any surgical procedure, you can expect there to be some swelling for the first 24-48 hours after your dental implant is placed. You can easily manage it, though, through the following methods:

  • Apply a cold compress in 20-minute intervals.
  • After the initial 72 hours post-surgery, switch to moist heat applications.
  • Keep your head elevated at all times.
  • Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen.

If your swelling doesn’t seem to subside and you experience continued acute pain, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office to schedule a visit so Dr. Baldwin can re-examine the treatment site.

The first step to taking action is to be as informed as possible. Now that you have more information about the dental implant process, contact our Spring, TX dental office so you can get on the path to leading a happy and fulfilling life with your new set of dental implants!

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