All About Dental Implants (part three)

On 12 September, 2010, in Dental Implant, by Dr Gordon Tam

Is there an age limitation for dental implants?

Dental implant is suitable for patient whose bone growth has been completed usually at the age of 18. An X-ray examination can help to check if bone growth has been completed.

There is no upper age limit for dental implant placement. The dental implant surgery is very low risk and can be performed on patients aged 70 or 80. If you are fit for other dental routine treatment and you are in good health, you can have dental implants.

Will I pass the metal detector at airport security check?

You do not need to worry about that. Similar to amalgam dental fillings which have metal content is not going to set off the metal detector. Dental implant is made of titanium in which is not magnetic. In addition, they are too small to set off the metal detector.

How should I look after my wound after dental implant surgery?

Bite onto gauze over the implant placement site for approximately 30 minutes.  Avoid rinsing mouth or spitting out saliva vigorously, that will possibly dislodge the blood clot over the wound site and bleeding may start. Instead, swallow your saliva.

Eat and drink only after the anesthetics worn off, it will usually takes about 2 hours.

Avoid exercising for few days after surgery.  It is essential for you to take all medication prescribed and ensure speedy recovery.


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