10 Oct How To Take Care of Your Dental Implants
Dental implants are a┬árobust solution for missing or decayed teeth giving you the confidence of┬álaughing and speaking, eating what you like, and freedom from embarrassing┬áremovable dentures. But to enjoy the confidence and lifestyle benefits that┬ácome with dental implants for a proper lifetime aftercare of your implants is┬ánecessary.
Teeth implantation is┬áan intricate and comprehensive process that involves multiple surgeries done in┬áseveral stages. To shorten recovery period, prevent complications and maintain┬áyour implants, you must take excellent care of your teeth after undergoing a┬ádental implant procedure.
After the implants are┬áinserted into your jaw, it takes several weeks for them to fuse into your jawbone.┬áThe healing process takes time, and the patient normally experiences┬átenderness, swelling, and some bleeding for a few days.
Immediately after the┬ásurgery, your dentist may advise you to use an ice pack on the area you┬áreceived treatment to reduce swelling. Two days after the surgery, use a warm┬átowel, instead of ice, to soothe the treated area.
If ice or hot pack┬áfails to relieve the pain, then you can use over the counter painkillers. In┬ácase the over the counter medication fails to control the pain, your dentist┬ámay prescribe you some strong medication.
To prevent infection┬áand complications as well as make the healing process faster and help your gums┬árecover from the surgery, you will need to take antibiotics after tooth implant┬ásurgery.
Do not brush your┬áimplants or rinse your mouth on the day of your surgery. Use prescribed mouth┬áwash to reduce the risk of infection.
A dental implant patient should eat a diet of┬ásoft foods, cold foods, and warm soup for 5 to 7 days after having dental┬áimplant surgery. To ensure the best possible outcome, refrain from smoking┬ácigarettes. Also, avoid drinking any beverages through a straw after the┬ásurgery, because both practices create suction and may rip out your stitches.
Implants are very┬ádurable and can serve you for a lifetime, but only if you keep your mouth┬áhealthy and take proper care of your dental implants and carefully follow the┬áaftercare instructions given by the dental surgeon.
Make it a habit to┬áclean your implants after every meal. There are special brushes that should┬áhelp you reach around the entire prosthetic teeth.
Floss your abutments┬áregularly. Use gauze or special floss to clean the abutments from the front and┬áthe back.
Although it’s┬áperfectly okay to eat most of the food items with your new teeth but avoiding┬áchewing ice and sticky foods is a good idea for safety measures.
Schedule Regular Dental┬áAppointments
Periodic follow-up┬ávisits with the dentist are must to ensure your implants are in tip-top shape┬áand that your gums are healthy.
These dental implant care┬átips should work to help with ensuring that one’s teeth will be able to work┬áproperly around the implant. They are also used to help ensure that an implant┬áwill not be at risk of falling out at any time