Dental implants are structures that have been applied for more than 50 years to replace teeth that have been extracted for various reasons, offering optimum comfort and protection to patients. They aim to preserve the existing bone and gum structure at the same time as dentalizing patients.
When physicians evaluate a toothless area for a dental implant, they evaluate many reasons such as the cause of existing tooth loss, the patient’s hygiene habits, eating and drinking activity, and expectations from the treatment.
The purpose of these evaluations is to ensure that a system that has lost a perfect structure such as a natural tooth can use the new structure, which is structured with compensation and repair, for a longer period of time.
After implant treatment, there is a period of time during which healing is expected until permanent teeth are made. During this period, patients wait for this period, sometimes with temporary teeth and sometimes without teeth because the area and the scope of the procedure do not allow it. During this first recovery period, oral care, balanced nutrition and compliance with routine controls are more important than ever.
Following the removal of the stitches, we expect our patients to return oral care to their daily routine. Routine tooth brushing in the morning and evening, interfacial cleaning (with a dentalip, interfacial brush, mouthwash…), use of antibacterial mouthwash (in line with the physician’s recommendation) are indispensable for this care. The patient’s immune resistance must be in balance in order for the healing to take place smoothly.
A balanced diet, taking the necessary daily mineral and vitamin supplements, being under control if the patient has a chronic disease, and taking routine medications without interruption are of great importance.
After implant-supported permanent prostheses are made, daily routine care planning is made according to the type of prosthesis and the need and patients are taught this. Each patient and even each area in the same patient is unique and requires special planning and treatment. Even in cases where we see that daily care is done perfectly, 6-month checks should be planned. A small problem detected during these checks can be solved without causing a major crisis.