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Top Tips to Improve Dental Health after Having Dental Surgery

Tal Lewinger - Friday, December 15, 2017


Dental surgery can be quite a painful process if you are someone who is going to or already has had dental surgery the last thing you want is to be put in the position where you may need it again. So here are some top tips to help ease your worry and keep your teeth nice and healthy after surgery.


Dental surgery includes:


Endodontics - Endodontic surgery is anything that includes the root of the tooth.


Prosthodontics - This is the process of implanting dental prosthetics such as crowns, veneers, and dentures.


Orthodontics - As well as putting implants to straighten teeth, it can also include bone treatment like fixing an under/over bite


The first tip is to have regular trips to your dentist surgery. A regular deep clean after surgery to remove any tartar that you may not be able to get yourself. This is especially important after surgery because your dentists need to make sure that there have been no complications that have come to light later down the line. They also needs to make sure that the general up keep of your teeth is aiding in a speedy recovery. It is recommended to visit a dentist at least once every year. However, if recently had surgery then twice may be more beneficial.


So what is the proper aftercare for dental surgery?


The key to a successful surgery is not only the surgery itself but also the aftercare a bit part of this is keeping them clean!


•After surgery the dentist will give you a special mouthwash this is to be used every evening starting from 24 hours after surgery and bathe the site of surgery.


•It is important to brush teeth as normal it will only harm the healing process if you do not. Having said that it is a good idea to not brush the surgery site for a few days as it will be extremely sensitive to the touch.


Do not smoke! The properties of cigarette smoke is known to drastically limit the healing process. If you smoke after having the surgery it is likely to take much longer to heal than originally suggested.


How do I keep my dental health better as a whole?


The best thing is to clean clean clean. It is extremely important to try to keep your teeth as clean as possible, if you find this difficult yourself it is fine to go to the dentist every 6 months rather than the recommended 12 months.If you are a smoker if it is possible to cut down on the amount you smoke or cut it out completely then this is only going to benefit you in the long run, smoking effects both your teeth and gums and promotes many diseases including gum disease and potentially mouth cancer. Assess the situation and ask the dentist for advice on what level of hardness your toothbrush should be and a recommended mouthwash and toothpaste as these will all aid in helping keep your teeth clean after surgery.



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