Proper oral hygiene is essential in maintaining healthy dental implants.
If you have had a dental implant placed, it is important that you commit to proper oral hygiene techniques and habits. This will keep your oral health on track and prevent issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Practising proper oral hygiene will also ensure that your dental implant lasts for many years and maintains its jaw stability. Read on to find out how to take care of your dental implants after surgery and in the long term…
How to take care of implants after surgery
Once you have had your dental implant surgically placed, you will likely experience some discomfort as your mouth heals. Some potential side effects of dental implant surgery include swelling of the face and gums, minor bleeding, and tenderness at the site of the incision. Your dentist may recommend that you take antibiotics or over-the-counter pain medications to ease any discomfort and prevent infection. To avoid irritation at the site of surgery and reduce pain and swelling, you must adhere to your dentist’s instructions about how to clean your mouth. It is also important that you stick to soft foods while your mouth heals. Avoid hard, acidic and spicy foods as these can all exacerbate irritation of the gums.
How to clean dental implants
Dental implants are placed directly into the jaw bone, and the final result of your treatment will look and feel just like natural teeth. For this reason, you should clean your dental implant just as you would your natural teeth. To keep your implant, artificial tooth and gum tissue clean, be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day. It is advisable to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, or you may choose to use an electric toothbrush if you prefer. It is important that you floss at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth. Interdental brushes are also helpful when it comes to reaching hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. Proper oral hygiene goes a long way in keeping your dental implants — as well as your overall oral hygiene — in good condition.
How to maintain dental implants
Besides practising proper oral hygiene, there are some other ways to maintain the condition and longevity of your dental implants. We recommend that you see your dentist for regular check-ups and professional cleans. This will allow your dentist to identify and resolve any potential issues and check that your implants are functioning as they should.
To ensure that your dental implants last for many years, it is important that you avoid certain damaging habits. Try and avoid chewing very hard foods like hard candy and ice as these can cause damages such as chips and cracks to your artificial tooth. If you grind your teeth, speak to your dentist about ways to address the issue — the habit causes excessive pressure on the teeth and can cause your artificial tooth to wear down over time. It is also advisable that you don’t smoke — smoking has been linked to implant failure, as well as other implant-related complications.
How can we help?
At Dream Smiles Specialist Centre, we offer dental implants for patients who would like to replace a missing or damaged tooth. If you are interested in having a dental implant placed, we encourage you to begin the process by coming in for an initial consultation. During this consultation, your dentist will assess your oral health and take x-rays to check if you have adequate jawbone density to support an implant. If you are suited to the treatment, your dentist will formulate a treatment plan for you and explain each step of the process to you in detail.
To find out more about the process of having a dental implant placed, please have a look here. If a dental implant is not right for you, you may be better suited to an alternative treatment such as a dental bridge, denture or bone graft.
To arrange a consultation to see us, please get in touch here. We have practices in Sunnybank and Morningside.