Caring For Your Restorations
After receiving dental implant restorations, your routine oral health habits will be the most important factor in ensuring they last for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Luckily, caring for your dental implants is no more challenging than a normal dental hygiene routine.
By being diligent in your aftercare, you’ll ensure the lasting health of your restorations and help prevent costly dental complications. Read on to learn more.
Cleaning Your Dental Implants
Maintaining your dental implants is crucial for protecting their lasting health. It’s particularly important in the days immediately after surgery to support the healing process. You’ll need to be gentle on your mending gums yet thorough enough to protect yourself from infection.
Keep these points in mind while caring for your new dental implant restorations:
- Food particles and bacteria can come to rest in the areas around the implant. Keep these areas clean to reduce the formation of plaque and avoid infection.
- Brush twice a day and floss regularly to keep the areas between your teeth and dental crowns free of food particles and bacteria. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-whitening fluoridated toothpaste.
- Gum stimulators should be used regularly to encourage gum growth. They’re crucial for maintaining the health of your dental implants.
- Visit Dr. Dillard for regular dental exams and professional cleanings to prevent any possible complications down the line.
Set Yourself Up For Success
We recommend getting any necessary aftercare tools and supplies before your dental implant procedure. Unnecessary trips to the store should be avoided during the first phases of recovery, so make a list and get your shopping out of the way early. After surgery, you’ll want to prioritize your rest and recuperation.
Aftercare and Maintenance
The first 48 hours after dental implant surgery are crucial for the success of your procedure. Follow these tips to help promote a smooth recovery and avoid any complications:
- Don’t disturb the treatment site
- Brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water 2-3 times per day after meals
- Apply a cold compress as needed to reduce facial swelling or bruising
- Get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activity
- Avoid spitting or using a straw to prevent a dry socket
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol, as these can inhibit healing
You may experience symptoms including dry lips, a sore throat, and stiff jaw muscles. This is normal when using gauze immediately after implant surgery and should subside quickly.
The First Two Weeks
After dental implant surgery, follow the above instructions for the first few weeks. Diligent dental hygiene practices are the most important factor in supporting the natural healing process. Certain lifestyle alterations can also help promote rapid recovery.
Take note of these helpful guidelines following your surgery:
- Minimize your intake of acidic foods and beverages
- Try to eat softer foods and avoid eating tough or chewy dishes
- Enjoy nutrient-rich drinks or health shakes to support healing
- Keep any exercise low-impact and avoid excess strain on your facial muscles
- Limit or eliminate tobacco and alcohol consumption
One additional step that can’t be overemphasized is scheduling post-operative appointments with Dr. Dillard. During these visits, he’ll clean and inspect your teeth to ensure your recovery is progressing smoothly.
Enjoy Your New Smile
By following these simple guidelines, you’ll protect your new implant restorations and help ensure a lifetime of satisfaction with your smile.
Give us a call at (843) 881-8775 or fill out a contact form if you have any questions about the recovery process. Dr. Dillard and his team are always happy to offer support and information or assist you with any concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I heal faster after the dental implant procedure?
- Limit talking, eating, and drinking for the first few hours after surgery
- Plan on getting plenty of rest.
- Stick to a soft food or liquid diet
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco
- Use a cold compress.
- Take pain-relieving medication
- Practice good oral hygiene