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Your Aftercare Questions Answered

Air Travel

You can fly on the same day that you have treatment. Implants will not set off airport security. They are not magnetic and are too small to trigger the detectors. Even if they do, your implant pass will explain the situation.

Allergic Reactions

The risk of an allergic reaction to the metals and plastics used in implants is extremely small. Titanium has no allergenic elements and is completely neutral in the body and the other materials have all been proven to be very compatible with the body.

Dental care

Electric toothbrushes and toothpaste are fine. This can be prevented by using dental floss or small interdental brushes. We also recommend having professional tooth cleaning regularly to remove stubborn plaque.

Duration

The normal healing process takes about six months.

Exercise

A few days’ rest is recommended after treatment, and if you are taking part in vigorous sport we would suggest that you speak to us first. However, it is perfectly fine to exercise.

Feeling

Gums are normally sensitive for a few days after treatment, and there may be a small amount of swelling. But most people do not even need pain killers and quickly implantborne teeth feel totally natural.

Food

Whatever the treatment, you will be able to eat normally.

Infection

After treatment, infections very rarely occur and can usually be treated. We recommend regular professional tooth cleaning to remove stubborn plaque and bacteria, and will advise you on the best dental routine.

Night time

Conventional dentures have to be removed at night to avoid the risk of them becoming loose and blocking your passageway. Implant-borne dentures are normally fixed into place and can be left in.

Pain

A local anaesthetic means the treatment is painless. Your gum may be sensitive for a few days after the implant, but should not bleed. Cheeks may also swell and feel uncomfortable, but many people are able to return to normal life within a day, without even requiring pain killers.

Replacements

Dentures can be replaced or modified at any time. Even after several years we can convert a single tooth implant into an abutment for a bridge or prosthesis.

Risks

Rejection of an implant is very rare, as is the implant not being held firmly enough to support the tooth. If this does happen, we will remove it under local anaesthetic and replace it in the same session.

Smoking

Smoking affects the long-term success rate of implants and we would not recommend it.

Work

We will normally give you a certificate giving you a few days off work, but you can live life normally
from the day after the operation.

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Dental Hygenist: Kate Motley