How To Care for Dental Implants After Treatment
Our Lake St. Louis practice has your guidelines on the specific routines you’ll want to adopt following dental implant treatment. From oral hygiene to specific activities you engage in, all aftercare requires attention and diligence to make certain your new natural-looking teeth are healthy and lifelong.
Maintenance & Cleaning of Your Dental Implants
Once your home regimen begins, cleaning is one of the most important elements in ensuring the permanence of your dental implants. Home care is especially important in the days immediately following surgery.
Because your implants are artificial teeth, there are several key points to keep in mind:
- Particles of food and bacteria can easily get stuck in the areas around the implant. These specs and germs can lead to the formation of plaque, and if neglected, can lead to infection.
- Have on hand useful cleaning instruments that will keep your new teeth as germ-free as possible. These include dental floss and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Visit New Creation Dental for a professional cleaning. We have the wherewithal to understand every aspect of your new implant and how we should treat it. Visiting the office for routine cleanings is essential during the several month process of dental implant placement.
Care of Your New Natural Teeth
The first 48 hours after dental implant surgery tend to be the most pivotal. Symptoms are more pronounced, and keeping any discomfort away is vital. To help a smooth recovery and avoid any complications, make sure to follow these tips:
- Try not to disturb the surgical areas
- Brush your teeth the night of surgery with a gentle toothbrush
- Rinse with warm salt water 2-3 times per day
- Rest is vital to allow the body and implant site to heal
- Apply ice to the gums if needed
Continue routine dental care for your entire mouth after the second and third days following the dental implant procedure. Noticeable symptoms may include dry lips, a sore throat, and stiff jaw muscles. These are the typical side effects of using gauze immediately after implant placement surgery.
The First Two Weeks of Care
Following dental implant surgery, it is crucial that you continue to abide by the above instructions of care. Using these dental tools and regularly visiting Dr. Boscia will allow your implants to heal naturally. The other point to consider after dental implant surgery is altering your diet by incorporating less acidic foods, eating softer foods, and having nutrient-rich drinks.
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of post-operative appointments scheduled with our New Creation Dental Care staff. It’s essential to the health of your new dental implant, and it allows Dr. Boscia to clean and inspect your teeth to ensure everything is recovering as needed.
Before your dental implant procedure, it would be wise to have all the necessary aftercare tools on hand. The last thing you’ll want to do once the surgery is complete is to run to the store to buy the required supplies. You’ll need your rest.