As ideal of a dental restoration as it is, dental implant surgery does come with concerns regarding diet, routine, as well as social activities – like going out to grab some drinks with your favorite buddies on the weekend. So is alcohol after dental implants a bad thing? How long should you wait before you drink again? This read from Sydney Dental will talk about the potential impact of alcohol and answer possible questions that you may be having.

alcohol after dental implants

1. The basics of dental implants

1.1 What is a dental implant and why is it done?

dental implants

Generally speaking, dental implants play as the substitute roots for your teeth. They bring patients a strong base for permanent or detachable false teeth that are designed to match your original ones.

Those who have lost one or more teeth can find dental implants helpful. A dental implant is also needed if you have missing teeth as a result of:

  • Tooth decay, also called cavities;
  • Breaks in the tooth roots;.
  • Teeth grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism;
  • Periodontal conditions;
  • Injuries to the face;
  • Innate tooth loss (born with some teeth missing).

A typical dental implant usually consists of:

  • A dental implant body, surgically placed in the jawbone to substitute for the tooth’s root;
  • A dental implant abutment, bonded to the implant body via the abutment fixation screw that goes across your gums into the mouth;
  • An ceramic tooth, which is attached to the abutment on top, making the implant one whole functional piece.

1.2 What benefits can dental implant surgery bring?

The benefits you can obtain from dental implants are numerous, including:

Better looks

Dental implants are similar to your natural teeth to the eyes and touch. As they are attached to your bone, they are permanent.

Better communication

The slips of teeth from ill-fitting dentures are gone with dental implants. No more numbling or slurring in your everyday speech.

More comfort

Unlike removable dentures, as dental implants stay there like a natural part of your body, you may not realize they are even there at times.

Improved eating

Functioning like your original teeth, dental implants help you chew freely with ease and no pain. No more worries of dentures sliding inside of your mouth while chewing.

More confidence

Your shiny smile can be back with dental implants. That way you’ll be much more confident and comfortable with yourself.

Enhanced oral wellness

Dental implants keep more of your original teeth intact, as no tooth reduction or alteration is required to support the implant. This can boost your oral health in the long run. Additionally, individual implants give teeth space to breathe, thereby improving your mouth hygiene.

Long-time use

These pieces are very durable and can stay good for multiple years, or even a lifetime with good care.

Convenience

You won’t have to feel the embarrassment of removing dentures anymore and no more messy adhesives for sticking them to your mouth by opting for dental implants.

alcohol after dental implants
alcohol after dental implants

1.3 Are you a candidate for dental implant surgery?

Those whose health is good enough to receive a normal tooth extraction or dental surgery can be a candidate for dental implants. They should also have:

  • Healthy gums;
  • Enough bone for the implants to be bonded to;
  • Decent oral hygiene;
  • Frequent visits to the dentist.

Thorough examination needs to be done before dental implants for patients who:

  • Are chronic smokers;
  • Have out-of-control chronic diseases, like diabetes or heart problems;
  • Are undergoing radiation therapy in the head or neck.

Whatever the case is, always consult with your dentist to see if dental implants are a good fit for you.

1.4 What happens during a dental implant?

For the treatment, the dental specialist will:

Put you under anesthesia

They will calculate the right dose of local anesthesia to numb your gums up. If you want to be sedated, meaning you’ll fall asleep during the procedure, the provider may accommodate that request as well

Make a cut in your gums

As soon as you feel comfortable with the help of the numbing medication, the professional will create an incision in your gums to give space for the upcoming dental implant. This will reveal the bone underneath for the implant to be located

Prepare the jaw

Your dentist will use specialized tools to make a hole in your jawbone. They’ll expand the it until it is of the exact diameter for your the implant

Position the implant

The provider will place the dental implant into your jaw with extra care.

Seal the cuts

Finally, your dentist will reposition the gums and stitch the incision shut.

The procedure of dental implant is usually the same for every patient. That said, in some cases, the dentist may place a dental implant and restoration, like a dental crown or bridge at the same appointment. Usually you will need to wait a couple of months for the implant to fully heal prior to the final restoration for safety purposes. The dental provider can create a temporary, often detachable, restoration for the patient to use throughout the healing time.

2. Is alcohol a curse for your dental implants?

The short and straight answer is yes, alcohol is really bad for your implants. Here are why:

2.1 Alcohol disrupts osseointegration

The implant site will start to heal for the implants to be fused into the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration, which is the key factor in the dental implant success. 

Osseointegration usually takes months to complete. As osseointegration is hindered, an implant failure may occur and the patient will need to have it removed and replaced.

2.2 More pain from alcohol

Alcohol also worsens the soreness and discomfort during the post-op period. Beers and liquors also lead to gum sensitivity.

2.3 Dehydrating effects

It is widely known that alcohol is a dehydrant so these beverages may cause your mouth to dry out, especially with heavy consumption. This will hurt the healing process of the tissues in particular and the implants in general, resulting in higher levels of discomfort and sensitivity.

2.4 Risk of getting Avascular Necrosis

Alcohol misuse or abuse can result in a complication, referred to as Avascular Necrosis (AVN). It is when the blood vessels that carry essential nutrients to the jaw are blocked, resulting in dead bone. Heavy alcohol use increases the risk of AVN because it elevates the fat level in blood and the chance of blood clots in the vessels.

2.5 Excessive drinking hurt the life of dental implants

That moderation is key remains true for every situation and there is no difference in alcohol assumption. Even for a patient without implants, heavy drinking is no good – everyone knows that it can cause many health problems – mental and physical as well. With regard to dental implants, drinking too much alcohol can disrupt the blood supply throughout the body. This can cause an implant failure or decrease the durability of your implants. Excessive alcohol also triggers AVN

alcohol after dental implants
alcohol after dental implants

3. How long should you wait after a dental surgery to drink again?

You will have to refrain completely from alcohol in the first 72 hours following surgery. This is because this is when your new implants are the most vulnerable and susceptible to damage. Avoiding alcohol in the first 72 hours after a dental implant also protects you from the risk of triggering AVN.

The key takeaway is even after your healing process is finished, you should only enjoy a glass of wine or a beer once in a while. Try to avoid “having too much to drink” for your own good.

4. How to care for your dental implants?

Apart from limiting alcohol use, a dental implant recipient should also practice good oral care, including brushing, flossing, rinsing on a daily basis and periodic oral visits to keep the implants as well as remaining teeth in good condition:

Commit to thorough oral hygiene

Try to keep your dental implants, false teeth, and gum tissue clean just like your original teeth by bruising, flossing, and rinsing on a daily basis.

Pay regular visits to the dentist

Have checkups with the dental provider to make sure your implants are functioning properly and healthy. Also receive in-clinic cleanings as advised by the dentist.

Avoid poor dental habits

Avoid chewing on hard foods, like ice or hard candy because these can cause breakage to your restoration like crows or even your original teeth. Also refrain from tobacco and products containing caffeine to prevent staining of teeth. If you have bruxism, meaning you grind or clench teeth, it is best that you seek medical attention.

5. A note from Sydney Dental – your trusted provider

Hopefully after this read you have grasped a good idea of what dental implant surgery is and the effects of alcohol for the implants as well as how to take good care of these. If you are still unsure of which treatment to go with for a new unforgettably stunning smile in your particular case, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are at 499-501 Ba Hat St, Ward 8, District 10, HCMC looking forward to your visit. You may also call us at (028) 3504 9440 for a free no-obligation comprehensive consultation. 

Dental implants, like other dental procedures we offer at Sydney Dental, are provided with absolute care and expertise from our certified dentists. You can rest assured that your pretty, shiny smile is 100% guaranteed at Sydney Dental!

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