Missing Teeth: Replacing Them is Easier Than Ever

I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!

2 Tips to Prevent Bacteria From Entering the Surgical Site Following Dental Implant Placement

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Dental implant placement usually involves a long and intense placement process. The process can take months to complete because it is usually done in two steps. The main step involves creating a surgical site to place the dental restoration. Immediately following the placement, your surgical site is more prone to developing an infection until it has had enough time to heal. If bacteria does enter your surgical site following the placement process, then your implant will most likely fail within a short amount of time. This involves reinstalling the implant and can quickly become costly. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use to prevent this kind of infection.

Allow Blood to Clot Around the Surgical Site

A blood clot following an oral procedure is your body's way of healing the area. It acts as a bacteria against external elements, especially bacteria. A blood clot usually forms within a few of hours of the procedure's completion. A blood clot that is unable to form can expose your surgical site and other areas to infection. You can ensure that a blood clot develops following surgery but not irritating the area. This means that you should avoid using a straw to consume your drinks since the suction can remove the clot. In addition, hard foods should be avoided until you begin to fully heal. Instead, consider switching to a liquid diet.

Switch From Toothpaste to an Oral Rinse 

Following your dental implant placement, you will find it hard to properly clean the area where the surgical site is located. It may be easier to just give up and avoid aggravating this are; however, this will only result in bacteria buildup. In order to prevent this, you should consider switching to an oral rinse for the time being. An oral rinse is much gentler on your gum tissue and will make sure that you do not accidentally open up the surgical site. If you purchase an oral rinse from the store, then it is important to look for one that contains antibacterial properties. If you choose to make one from home, then include antibacterial herbs like peppermint, cloves, and cumin. This will make sure that any bacteria present is immediately eliminated.

Dental implant placement procedures are typically seamless. However, bacteria that enters the surgical site can quickly complicate things for you and your dentist. Use these tips to ensure that this does not happen. 


4 May 2017