Why Is Implant Aftercare So Important?
Taking care of your smile is important for your health and happiness. Tooth loss can impact these factors and can lead to various consequences if left untreated. Once you seek treatment with Dr. Sheehan for your damaged smile, she’ll explain how crucial it is to properly care for your restorations.
Follow this dental implant aftercare guide for your new smile to ensure there are no issues during your healing period and that they have the ability to last a lifetime.
Effective Tips for a Successful Implant Healing
Within the first couple days of your dental implant procedure, it’s best to take precaution with any activity involving your mouth. These suggestions will help speed up your recovery period and allow you to return to your routine again.
- Stick to a soft food diet. Eating foods like soft fruits, yogurt, applesauce, smoothies, clear liquids, and more will help heal the area around your new restoration. Avoiding hard foods within the first few days will eliminate any risk of injury to your gums or new dental implant while eating.
- Occasionally rinse your mouth with salt water. After you eat, when you wake up and before you go to bed are all great times to rinse out your mouth with salt water. This helps reduce inflammation and washes away any unwanted food or bacteria around the implant.
- Apply ice around the area. Generally, receiving any type of surgery may cause a little bit of discomfort. Within the first few days post-implant surgery, if you’re experiencing swelling or pain, simply apply ice with a towel over it to the area. You may also take any pain relieving medication to gradually diminish any discomfort.
- Avoid smoking tobacco or drinking. These are typically not the best things to consume in your body while healing from a surgery, so it’s best to avoid both tobacco and alcohol to prevent any reduction in blood flow.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
To ensure your dental implants last as long as possible with minimal complications, you must keep up with good oral hygiene. If you lost your tooth due to oral infection or tooth decay, you may recall thinking, “Why didn’t I regularly brush and floss my teeth?”
Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day is the easiest way to accomplish your role in your daily dental cleaning routine. Rinsing with an anti-bacterial mouthwash will also help keep your gums healthy, strengthen your tooth enamel, and eliminate any unwanted germs.
If you continue to ignore these steps, you may be bound to repeatedly suffer from gum disease, bone deterioration, or even another lost tooth.
Using the Right Products
Dr. Sheehan recommends different dental products for each patient, depending on their case and how many dental implants they receive. To know which products best suite your oral needs, you can ask her at your appointment or give our office a call for clarification.
General tips to consider when looking for new hygiene products include:
- Toothbrush: Find a soft bristle toothbrush that won’t irritate your gums or scratch your implant restoration.
- Toothpaste: Use a gentle product that doesn’t contain abrasive ingredients that will harm your soft tissue, such as teeth whitening or smokers toothpaste.
- Floss: Pick nylon coated floss or one made specifically for dental implants.
- Mouthwash: Avoid any teeth-whitening or alcohol-containing mouthwashes that can interfere with your healing process.
Visit Oakland Family Dental for High-Quality Dental Care
Once you’ve completed your dental implant procedure, you’ll need to visit our Waterford dental office biannually for your regular dental checkups. If there are any issues along the way, post-operation, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Schedule an appointment right away with Dr. Sheehan if you notice something’s wrong so we can treat it as soon as possible.