5 Dental Implant Aftercare Tips
Dental implant procedures occur by the tens of thousands every year. This is a rewarding experience many patients discover for themselves when they understand they are giving themselves better oral health, biting functionality, and the smile they know they deserve. Placing implants is considered oral surgery, and just like you’ll need to take special care of yourself after a medical surgery on your body, you need to follow special aftercare instructions after oral surgery, too. Here are 5 tips from dentists on how to immediately take care of your implants after they are placed.
Make Sure You Keep Your Dental Implants Clean
Any time you have surgery, it’s important to keep the surgical site clean to avoid infection. The same is true for patients who have dental implants placed. While your gums are likely to be too sensitive for you to brush immediately after your oral surgery, our doctors advise that you keep your implants and surgery site clean by using a soft Toothbrush to gently massage the site for the last two weeks.
Be Careful Biting Down While You’re in the Healing Process
Once your dental implants heal, you can bite down on anything you’d like – even peanut brittle! But while you’re in the healing process, you need to watch what you eat and bite down carefully. In fact, our doctors recommend you not bite down on your dental implants at all while they are healing, and instead eat soft foods or chew on the other side of your mouth. If you have implants on both sides of your mouth, a soft foods diet may be the best option while you’re healing.
Remember Your Temporary Crowns Aren’t Meant to Last Forever
Many of the patients the pros work with choose to have temporary crowns placed over their implants while they're healing. While these temporary crowns look great, they're not truly functional. This means you will need to be careful with this temporary tooth (also known as a flipper) and you will need to inform your Pro if it is rubbing up against your dental implants, or the soft tissues.
Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene
Having one, or even multiple dental implants placed does not mean you can skip brushing and flossing. In fact, after oral surgery, practicing proper oral hygiene is more important than ever. Once your gums have healed enough to allow for brushing and flossing, make sure you take care of both your natural teeth and dental implants every day.
Keep All Your Follow Up Appointments with the Tooth Implant Pros of Alpharetta
Making sure you keep all your follow up appointments with the Pros is paramount to making sure you’re healing, and properly finishing out your treatment plan. Do your best to avoid missing any of these appointments, and if you need to reschedule, do so as quickly as possible.
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