Did you make an investment in your smile with dental implants? That is great! You have made a wise decision to replace your missing teeth with the next best thing to your own. Now, it is time to protect your new smile to ensure it lasts for as long as possible. With the right aftercare, your dental implants can last for several decades. Caring for them is easy using a few simple tips.
It is normal to experience some pain and discomfort after your implant posts are placed. To prevent unexpected surprises while you recover, here is what you can expect:
You need to keep your mouth clean to remove harmful bacteria, but you do not want to use a toothbrush and floss to clean the posts quite yet. Instead, the night after surgery, rinse your mouth with a warm salt water or a rinse that is recommended by your dentist. Carefully brush and floss any remaining natural teeth but be careful you do not injure or irritate the surgical sites.
While you heal, it is not common to have complications; however, if something unexpected happens, such as excessive pain or bleeding, do not hesitate to contact our office right away.
The biggest threat to the success of dental implants is an infection. You can reduce the risk by brushing and flossing your teeth and dental implants every day. Pay extra attention when cleaning around the abutments and posts. When flossing, cross the floss around the abutment to form an X and slide it back and forth to remove harmful plaque and bacteria. If you have difficulty, you may find a water flosser easier to use.
In addition to your oral hygiene habits at home, do not forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. With a proactive approach, you can rest assured your new smile will last for a lifetime.
If you have any questions about dental implant care, contact our office today.