The successful healing of dental implants is vital to their long-term success. How you take care of yourself after your implant procedure helps ensure your implants will heal properly, and that you’ll keep your new smile well into the future. Your implant dentist will provide instructions for both immediate and long-term aftercare.
Caring for Your Implants After Surgery
Immediately after your implant procedure, you should follow appropriate aftercare procedures as provided by your implant dentist. As with any surgery, you should rest for a day or two so your body can heal. In addition, you will probably be instructed to:
- Use cold and/or heat to reduce swelling
- Take prescribed medication, such as antibiotics or painkillers, as instructed
- Use gauze to control or stop bleeding
- Report any unusual symptoms to your dentist immediately
You should also follow any additional instructions your dentist provides, which could include rinsing with salt water or a special prescription mouthwash, not brushing your teeth for a day or two after surgery, and eating soft foods for a while until you feel comfortable with more challenging items.
Long-Term Implant Care
Like most cosmetic dentistry or restoration procedures, implants require long-term care to maintain your overall oral health and to keep your implants looking and feeling natural. You should continue to brush and floss regularly, keeping plaque from building up on your implants as well as on any remaining teeth. Flossing around the abutments keeps food particles and plaque from collecting here, as well. If your implants are used to hold a removable denture in place, you should take the denture out and clean it regularly.
The crown portions of implants can chip and break, too, so avoid biting hard objects like pens and pencils or metal. Also avoid chewing ice, as this can also chip your implants. If you break, chip, or otherwise damage the, let your dentist know so you can have the visible portion of your new tooth replaced. In addition, visit your dentist regularly to monitor the health of your gums, the stability of your implants, and the overall condition of your mouth.
Contact our office at Newton Dental Group today to set up an appointment and discuss your options.