Aftercare tips to support the long, healthy “life” of your implant-supported teeth!

Implants have a success rate of 95%. In fact, some of the first implants placed way back in the 1960s are still going strong today! With our extensive planning and use of computer-guided technologies to ensure optimal implant placement, Smile In Style aims to minimise complications. Here are some measures that you can take to prevent implant failure and ensure their long-term success and health.

Dental Implant Recovery in Sunbury VIC Area

Before having an implant placed

Ideally, all dental work, such as fillings and cleans, has been completed before the implant procedure. In particular, gum health has been checked and optimised for the placement of an implant. Bone health would also have been checked to ensure that there is enough bone to ensure the success of the implant.

What to expect in your recovery 

Following the implant placement, Dr Terry Rose will use low-level laser therapy to reduce swelling and assist with healing. Should you still experience swelling or tenderness, these side effects can be managed with a cold compress or medication as prescribed by Dr Rose. 

However, we encourage you to contact us immediately if you are concerned about any side effects. Here are a few signs of potential infection or implant failure to watch for and act on immediately: 

  • Worsening swelling 
  • Red discolouration 
  • Warm sensation at the site
  • Discharge
  • Ongoing pain 
  • Persistent or excessive bleeding 
  • An implant that feels loose 
  • Changes in the positioning of the implant 

While we can’t prevent all complications, there are many steps that can be taken to avoid potential problems that may lead to the loss of the implant and its restoration.

Aftercare tips 

  • Immediately following surgery, it is generally advised to rest and avoid vigorous exercise or physical activity for the first couple of days and gradually reintroduce regular physical activities. 
  • Apply ice packs/cold compress as directed, and take any medications as prescribed. 
  • Consuming soft foods like soups and smoothies is recommended while avoiding chewing near the implant site.
  • Smoking/vaping, use of tobacco products, and alcohol in excess are all detrimental to your oral and overall health and are best avoided. They may reduce blood flow to the area and interfere with the healing process.
  • Be sure to attend a follow-up appointment at one of our two rooms in Sunbury or Moonee Ponds at the one-week and two-week post-surgery periods. Dr Rose will then use low-level laser treatment to assist with healing and can monitor for any potential problems that can be identified early and addressed promptly before they lead to complications.
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Sunbury Office
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To ensure that your implants last a lifetime – take the following habits and behaviours to heart:

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. As noted, refrain from smoking/vaping and other behaviours that are not good for your teeth or for the rest of your body. 
  • Be consistent and diligent with your home care oral hygiene routine. While implant crown restorations do not decay like natural teeth, they can be threatened by peri-implantitis. This gum-disease-like inflammation forms around the implant and can endanger the health and structure of your new tooth. 
  • Keep up with routine six monthly dental hygiene and dental check-up appointments at our rooms. Our dental hygienists have access to special tools to check your implant and the surrounding gum health.  They can also remove stubborn tartar or plaque buildup that promotes the development of peri-implantitis. We also use ozonated water when performing a dental scale and cleaning, which assists in killing the bacteria that can cause peri-implantitis.  We also sell the Biosure Ozonated Water Tumblers for you to purchase so that you can continue to use ozonated water to help kill the bacteria that cause peri-implantitis and keep your gums and teeth healthy.

Phone Smile In Style in Sunbury, VIC, at 03 8001 6021 to learn more about implant options and what to expect at every stage of treatment. Or, if our Moonee Ponds office is more convenient for you, please get in touch with our team there at 03 8400 4104

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Safe Amalgam Removal Protocol

  • Chlorella drink prior is given prior to treatment and a mouth rinse post-treatment. Chlorella can help bind and prevent mercury absorption.
  • Physical protective barriers - Masks, protective coverings, eyewear, in-mouth non-latex dental dams, and other steps are taken to prevent physical contact with mercury for the patient and staff.
  • Oral evacuation - Generous amounts of water are used to continuously rinse particulate matter from the mouth while suctioning it away. Combined with protective dental dams, this prevents patients from swallowing dental amalgam particles during treatment. Additionally, the rinsing helps lower the temperature of the filling, reducing the amount of mercury vapour released.
  • External air - A continuous supply of non-contaminated air or oxygen is delivered via a mask or similar apparatus, preventing inhalation of mercury vapour or particles.
  • "Chunk it out" method - Rather than using a drill to grind the filling down, it is carefully removed in the largest possible pieces, minimising friction, vaporisation.
  • High Volume Evacuation Suction is used by the dental assistant to remove amalgam particles in the mouth.
  • High Volume Air suction and Air Purifiers are used in the clinical room that is able to remove mercury vapour from the room.
  • Amalgam separator use - This device collects mercury-contaminated waste before it can enter the sewage system, allowing us to dispose of it safely.