Dental Implant Aftercare

Dental Implant Aftercare Guide 

Take care to only have cold drinks and do not eat until the local anaesthetic has worn off. Avoid hot drinks or hot food for the first day and do not ‘swill’ liquid over the area. Try not to disturb the area with your tongue or fingers. Do not undertake strenuous exercise for the first 48 hours (running / gym).
You may have some swelling and/or bruising following your treatment – this usually reaches a peak 2 to 3 days later. This is quite normal and both will subside naturally after a few days. Swelling can be reduced with ice packs (or a bag of frozen peas) wrapped in a towel. Hold on the cheek area for a maximum of 10 minutes at a time with 20 minutes break. After 24 hours gentle heat is more beneficial. Sleeping propped up slightly on 2-3 pillows may also help.
Pain should not be a big problem. Although you may be sore for a few days after any surgery in your mouth, this can be easily managed with simple analgesics (pain killers). You should take these regularly at the maximum stated dose for the first 2 days after your surgery. Take whatever painkillers you normally take for headaches, aches and sprains (ibuprofen and paracetamol make a good combination), and take your first dose before the local anaesthetic has completely worn off. If after a few days you experience increasing pain and swelling, you must return to your dentist as soon as possible so that we can ensure you are not beginning to develop an infection. If you have a denture that covers the surgical area please wear it as little as possible for the first week to protect the surgical site during its initial healing period. You should always leave the denture out at night.
The stitches are dissolvable but often remain for around 2-3 weeks, if they are uncomfortable you may contact us to remove them.
Some minor bleeding after surgery in the mouth is normal. If this persists, apply pressure by biting firmly down over the area on a dampened gauze swab or clean handkerchief for 60 minutes whilst sitting upright. Do not keep checking or changing the gauze. You should contact us if bleeding persists for any reason after applying pressure in this way. If you have been given a course of antibiotics to take after your surgery, please ensure that you complete the course.

Cleaning - Aftercare of Dental Implants 

Successful oral surgery depends on keeping the mouth as clean as possible. Please start to use the mouthwash you have been given on the evening of your surgery and continue for 1 week. This is very important. You should gently bathe the surgical site by holding approximately 15ml over the site (the equivalent of half a cap-full) for at least 1 minute, 3 times a day, for 7 days. You should also start cleaning your other teeth as normal with a toothbrush, starting on the evening of your surgery. Avoid brushing the surgical site for the first few days, but then begin to carefully clean this area with a toothbrush as well, once tenderness permits. Warm salt mouthwashes (a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of salt) are very beneficial for healing in the first week but taste awful. Ensure that the mouthwash is not so hot that it scalds and then hold the hot mouthwash over the surgical site until it cools. Repeat as often as possible. Try to keep food away from the surgical area for as long as possible. Rinse following eating to keep the area clean.You are advised not to smoke until the wound has healed as this severely limits healing in the mouth. We want your recovery to be as smooth and pleasant as possible. It is vital to follow these instructions very carefully – if you have any concerns or questions regarding your progress, please do not hesitate to contact us. An out of hours contact number is always available on our answer phone.

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Dental Implants

4 Habits That Destroy Your Smile

habits which destroy your smile

 Are you destroying your teeth with bad habits without even realizing it? The nightmare of tooth loss does not have to come true. Follow these guidelines and it will help you to cleaner, healthier and whiter teeth.

Is Teeth Whitening Bad For Your Teeth?

Is Teeth Whitening Bad For Your Teeth?

Almost universally, teeth will get darker with age. For most older people, their teeth will turn kind of a brownish yellow—not necessarily from smoking, from coffee, or wine. Our hair turns white, and our teeth turn yellow. I wish it were the other way around. Other teeth turn out to be grayish. There’s a whole spectrum of what is normal. 

is teeth whitening bad for you

How Long Does The Inman Aligner Take To Work?

We at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic believe in the importance of  keeping up with the latest technology in the dental world. We always aim to exceed your expectations and bring you the highest quality service.We are very excited to be able to straighten your teeth with removable appliances in 10-12 weeks. Invisalign is another brand name for clear aligner therapy. The Inman aligner is created by our in house lab saving you costs as compared to other clear aligner therapies on the market. Heads up for non-drilling dentistry with the Inman Aligner!

Inman Aligner Teeth Straightening quickly

Questions to ask yourself before choosing the Inman Aligner as an option:

Are your front teeth crowded? Do they stick out and do they have gaps between them? Are they tipped back or are they rotated and out of line with the rest of your teeth? With the Inman Aligner, you can straighten your front teeth in a matter of weeks! 

Most cases complete in 6-18 weeks and because it's removable you can take it out to fit with your lifestyle. 

If you do have a bad protrusion as in a strong overbite than you might need traditional braces and clear aligner therapy wont help. 

Click here to learn more about adult orthodontics at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic :

Prices start from R20 000 for the upper Jaw and can go up to R50 000 depending on the number of weeks your treatment is required.

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What is the best way to replace my missing teeth?

Ways to replace a missing tooth...

Missing teeth are unsightly and rather embarrassing especially if you are missing a front tooth or teeth.

Luckily, there are various options in the market to replace your missing teeth. Some are temporary options, others are more cost-effective long-term options. Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. They are the healthiest option as it stimulates the bones in your jaw and keeps them in place making you look younger and able to live a good quality of life as you can bite and chew your food again. Dental implants imitate your natural teeth preventing speech problems. You can brush your teeth just like you would your natural teeth.

A patient below that visited Silver Oaks Dental Clinic to get dental implants in order to replace his missing teeth.

dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth

The following are various methods in order to replace your missing teeth.


Dentures can be a great short-term solution for replacing missing teeth. This option can replace one or more missing teeth. The huge disadvantage is that is can move while talking or eating and this can be incredibly uncomfortable. You will not be able to bite and chew your food either. You will need to remove them to clean them every day. The longer you wear them the more bone loss you will experience in your jaw. Requiring bone grafting in the long term which will increase costs and make you look over 10 years older if not done.

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is an option when there is a missing tooth between two healthy teeth. A bridge is a fixed solution that is cemented and will not come out. You can smile again and chew your food. It also prevents your adjacent teeth from shifting due to a gap from the missing tooth. A bridge requires the teeth surrounding the missing tooth to be cut down to enable them to connect. The disadvantage is that the adjacent teeth holding the bridge may decay more easily in the long term as it is more susceptible to bacteria entering. Increasing your chances of damaging your originally healthy adjacent teeth.

Dental Implants

The American Dental Association advises that Dental implants are the best option to replace missing teeth. Although initially expensive dental implants work out to be a lot cheaper in the long term. Dentures need to be changed every 5 years increasing the cost over the long term whereas dental implants once done last a lifetime and there is no need for costly bone grafts.

Dental implants are the best way and healthiest option that replace a missing tooth or teeth permanently. Dental implants prevent bone loss. They stimulate the bones in your jaw keeping them in place making you look younger and able to live a good quality of life as you can bite and chew your food again. Your speech will be back to normal and improved especially if you have missing front teeth. Dental implants imitate your natural teeth, so you are not susceptible to cavities unlike dental bridges. The crown is screwed onto the implant therefore no embarrassing slippage occurs. Denture wearers are always scared that their teeth might fall out when talking this is not the case with dental implants. Dental implants are extremely easy to care for as you brush and floss like you would your normal teeth. Dental implant restores your bite force. You can bite and chew your food with the same amount of force you would do your natural teeth. No other option currently has such a solution. Dental implants also support your adjacent teeth and prevent them from shifting or decaying. The advantages outweigh any disadvantages making dental implants the best way to replace missing teeth

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