If you have dental crowns or bridges, you should take special care to ensure dental hygiene. Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush, holding the brush in your fingers like a pencil to avoid applying excessive force. It is recommended to brush by directing the bristles into the gum line under an angle and brush by using short, circular movements. The brush cannot reach into the gaps between your teeth, so further means of teeth cleaning should be used.
Dental floss may be used to clean the gaps between the teeth if you have dental crowns. Wrap the floss around your fingers or use a special dental floss holder.
Move the floss slightly back and forth to lead it between your teeth, move up and down 3–4 times to clean the surfaces of the neighbouring teeth up to the gums.
In order to clean dental bridges, use a special needle to lead the floss under the bridge and move the floss back and forth to clean the bridge.
You can also use an interdental brush, which resembles a small bottle brush, to clean larger gaps between your teeth or under the bridge.
Regular and careful oral hygiene is essential for the outcome of the treatment to last long. Dental plaque is the enemy of implants. There is only one solution – brush your teeth after meals, in the morning, and before going to bed.
The oral cavity heals quickly. The area of the surgery may be painful and bleed slightly in the first few days. You may also experience moderate swelling. Do not place wet compresses on your cheek. This will increase the swelling of soft tissues. You can place gauze swabs saturated with camomile or common marigold tea on the wound in the mouth. If the wound is bleeding, please contact your dentist. The sutures will be removed 1–2 weeks later. After the surgery, gauze swabs are placed in your mouth and you will need to press your teeth together for about 30 minutes. This will stop the bleeding.
Local anaesthesia is usually used to perform the surgery. If the surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, it is advisable to rest for a few hours after the surgery. As anaesthetics cause dizziness and sleepiness, it is not recommended to drive after surgery.
It is not recommended to eat or drink anything warm after surgery until the effects of the anaesthesia have worn off, as the oral mucosa is numb and can be burned easily.
The wound can only heal if the implant is correctly placed in the bone. Thus, make sure that you do not put pressure on the area of the implant when eating. The area of the implant should also not be regularly touched with your tongue or finger. The healing will take roughly 6 months. In the case of a bone transplant, it may take 9 months or even longer. The duration of the period of healing depends on your body (the strength of your immune system, the speed of regenerative processes, etc.).
Final restoration will be performed when the area has healed (after approx. 6–12 months) and when the implant screw is securely fixed in the bone.
During the first visit, impressions are taken of your teeth. A rubber material is used for this purpose, which is placed on an impression tray and inserted in your mouth. The impressions are used to make a model. Based on the model, a dental technologist will make a proper final product – a crown, bridge, or removable denture.
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