The time between getting your tooth pulled and getting dental implants can seem like an anxious waiting game. It is necessary to wait at least three months after you get a tooth extracted to get a dental implant to replace the tooth. In between this time, you may be a little self-conscious about your smile and how your teeth look. If you are having issues figuring out how to go about dealing with having gaps in your mouth, there are some things that you can do to look better.
When it comes to fixing a dental problem, there can be a social stigma attached to many of the corrective procedures out there. Having a mouthful of metal braces may be acceptable in high school, but as an adult, it can seem weird to use the same corrective procedure so late in life. Thankfully, there are some subtle ways you can fix tooth gaps so that others won't be able to tell that you're doing it.
Oral surgery isn't fun, obviously, but you can make your recovery go a little faster and increase your chances of having good results if you follow a few bits of advice. Some of these might also show up on your post-op recovery instructions; if so, follow them to the letter. If you don't, you risk a setback.
You might be told not to drink anything through a straw. This is because the suction created in your mouth when you try to suck liquids up through a straw can also pull at the stitches at the incision site, possibly pulling them out.
Porcelain inlays and onlays are often used in place of teeth fillings in order to fix tooth decay. Porcelain is often the material of choice because of how well it molds with natural teeth. Inlays and onlays are designed to last several years if they are regularly maintained. As a teen, getting this dental restoration can be an exciting process. However, poor maintenance will only attract bacteria and cause premature damage to your teen's dental restoration.
If you recently started wearing a retainer, you may not be familiar with all of the things you need to do to keep it clean. This is very important, since bacteria and plaque will collect on the retainer throughout the day. Your retainer is also made from a material that is porous, so it is very easy for it to collect that bacteria. Thankfully, it is easy to keep a retainer clean if you follow these tips.