Aftercare And Your Dental Implants

Dental implants can take your teeth from unattractive to dazzling. If you have missing teeth, a dental implant can give you a few new reasons to smile, be more social, and live your best life. Proper care and maintenance of your dental implant after surgery are essential for ensuring its longevity and success. Here are some tips on how to care for your dental implant after surgery.

Caring for Your New Dental Implants

Practice good oral hygiene

Brush and floss your teeth regularly and use an antibacterial mouthwash to keep your mouth clean and free from bacteria. Dentists recommend the use of an electric toothbrush and a water flosser. These instruments do a superior job of cleaning and won't damage your implant. 

Be gentle

Avoid applying too much pressure or force when brushing or flossing around your implant site, as this can irritate the gums and potentially damage the implant. One of the benefits of using electronic cleaning devices is the built-in timers. That means you are brushing and flossing just enough and not too much. Avoid eating hard crunchy foods. Chewing ice is a bad habit that can damage your natural and implanted teeth. 

Follow your dentist's instructions

Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your implant after surgery, including any restrictions on what foods to eat and how to clean the implant site. They will also tell you what to watch out for and when to call the dentist. For instance, a fever and feeling generally unwell after implant surgery could indicate an infection and the need for antibiotics. 

Avoid smoking

Smoking can inhibit the healing of your gums after implant surgery and increase the risk of implant failure. If you smoke, it is best to quit or at least cut down as much as possible. 

Attend follow-up appointments

Your dentist will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your implant and ensure that it is healing properly. Attend these appointments and notify your dentist of any issues or concerns you may have. For example, you should not be feeling any pain once several weeks have passed since the implant surgery. 

Maintain a healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help promote healing and improve your overall oral health. The healthier you are in general, the better your dental health will be. 

By following these tips and properly caring for your dental implant after surgery, you can help ensure its success and longevity. To find out more about dental implants, speak to your dentist.