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How To Care For Dental Implants

26th August 2023

Dental implants can transform your smile and restore your confidence. However, proper care and maintenance are essential to ensure they last a lifetime. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to care for your dental implants effectively.

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Immediate Aftercare

After your dental implant procedure, you might experience some discomfort and swelling. Here’s how to manage the immediate aftercare:

Rest: Take it easy for the rest of the day. Allow your body to recover from the procedure.

Pain Relief: If you experience pain, take over-the-counter pain relievers as recommended by your dentist.

Avoid Straws and Smoking: Refrain from using straws or smoking, as these actions can disrupt the healing process.

Mouthwash: Begin rinsing your mouth with a recommended mouthwash 24 hours after the procedure to aid in the healing process.

 

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Do’s and Don’ts for Effective Healing

The healing period after dental implant placement is crucial. Follow these do’s and don’ts to ensure effective healing: 

Do’s:

Soft Foods: Stick to a soft food diet for at least a week after the procedure.

Oral Hygiene: Keep your mouth as clean as possible. Brush and floss gently to avoid disturbing the implant site.

Antibiotics: If prescribed, take antibiotics as directed to prevent infection.

Regular Check-Ups: Attend follow-up appointments with your dentist to monitor the healing process.

Use Recommended Cleaning Aids: Your dentist may recommend specific cleaning aids designed for implants. Follow their advice diligently.


Don’ts:

Hot Foods and Drinks: Avoid hot foods and drinks for the first 24 hours after the procedure.

Sucking Actions: Do not use straws or engage in any sucking actions, including smoking.

Strenuous Activities: Refrain from strenuous activities for a few days post-surgery.

Touching the Implant: Avoid touching the implant with your fingers or tongue.

Alcohol and Smoking: Steer clear of alcohol and smoking for at least two weeks, as these can hinder the healing process.

Dentures: Do not wear dentures that cover the implant area during the healing phase.

 

How to Prevent Further Damage

Preventing further damage to your dental implants is essential for their long-term success. Follow these tips:

Regular Oral Care: Clean your implants as you would your natural teeth, using a soft toothbrush or electric toothbrush.

Interdental Brushes: Use interdental brushes or floss daily to maintain good oral hygiene.

Quit Smoking: If you smoke, consider quitting, as it can have detrimental effects on your implant’s longevity.

Regular Check-Ups: Schedule regular check-ups with your dentist for a deep clean and to monitor your implant’s health.

Change Toothbrush: Change your toothbrush regularly to ensure effective cleaning.

Protective Gear: If you engage in contact sports or activities with a risk of facial injury, consider protective gear.

Remember, caring for your dental implants is much like maintaining a valuable possession. With proper care and regular check-ups, your dental implants can last a lifetime.

For expert guidance and personalised care for your dental implants, Contact Birmingham Dental Specialists.

 

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