Adjusting to dental implants

When something changes or you are learning a new skill, there is usually an adjustment period when things feel strange and awkward. After a while, you become ‘unconsciously competent’ and this means you have integrated your experience into everyday life. There are plenty of dental treatments that are followed by a few days or weeks of adjusting either to using new equipment or to the feel of something in your mouth. Dental implants require a little adjustment but perhaps not as much as you might think.

Southampton Dental ImplantsThis article deals with the period after Southampton dental implants are fitted. If you want to know more about the stages before this, you can contact us at Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic, and we’ll be happy to provide all the information you need.

At our clinic in Southampton, dental implants are placed in the jaw. The bone in this area then heals around the titanium implants in order to help secure your new teeth. It is during this period that you will have to make adjustments to your lifestyle. These are temporary and simply designed to give you body and jawbone a chance to heal without disturbing your dental implants.

Minor adjustments

You will be given advice about the adaptations that you need to make when you leave Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic, Southampton. Dental implants require a minor surgical procedure. This naturally means that you need to rest afterwards. As long as you are in good health and eating well, you should find yourself feeling sprightly not long after your fitting. Although you still need to take it easy when it comes to exercise or physical labour, you can gradually reintroduce your normal activities in the following weeks.

Natural use

Once the healing period that follows dental implants is over, you can use your teeth just as you would a natural set. By this time, you should be used to there being no gaps in your smile anymore so everything should feel normal. As long as you remember to care for your teeth and check your gums for any sign of poor health, you can more or less forget that you have prosthetic teeth.