If you are getting tooth implants, you need to follow the orders of your dentist or dental surgeon. There are a number of things you can do to minimise the risk of problems.
The first step is choosing the best surgeon. An inexperienced or poorly qualified dental surgeon may result in problems such as too few implants, nerve damage, iatrogenic trauma or a host of other problems. Always use a dental surgeon who comes highly recommended, has a wealth of experience, and that you feel comfortable with. You can ask them about their experience, and also their success rate. They should also complete a number of imaging processes before the procedure to ensure jaw health, that there’s enough bone, and no nerves will be implicated.
If you are a smoker, at least for a couple of months while the implant heals, you need to quit smoking. It slows the rate of healing, decreasing blood flow and therefore minimising nutrients and oxygen delivery to the surgery site.
You need to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Particularly if you have diabetes or osteoporosis, manage your health well and eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruit, particularly leafy greens. A calcium deficit may require a dietary supplement to ensure correct healing and bone growth.
There are some medications that slow bone growth. Talk to your dentist about this. Some heartburn medications and antidepressants can interfere with the healing process.
But the best thing you can do is follow basic hygiene and post-surgery instructions. Eat soft and warm, not hot, food for the first few days. Be gentle with the surgery site and avoid irritating it. Use the mouthwash/ salt wash exactly as advised by the surgeon. Maintain great oral care, with thorough brushing and flossing, once it is comfortable to do so. If you choose a highly recommended dentist to perform the implant surgery, and then follow all the after care instructions, your likelihood of a successful procedure is high.