Dental Implant Aftercare: How to Maintain a Healthy and Long-lasting Smile

Dental implants are a great way to replace damaged or missing teeth. They are a safe and effective way to restore your smile. They comprise titanium posts inserted in the jawbone to support dental prosthetics (artificial teeth). You must take care of the implants to enjoy successful and long-lasting results. Maintenance will reduce the risk of complications.


Dental Implant Aftercare 

To care for your implants, brush and floss your teeth twice daily. Ensure you clean around the implant to remove any plaque buildup. Invest in a water flosser or sonic toothbrush to reach the hidden areas.
Schedule regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Avoid chewing or biting on hard foods that can loosen or damage the implant. Avoid smoking or using tobacco products that can cause infection or inflammation.


Immediately After Surgery

Avoid strenuous exercises or heavy lifting immediately after dental implant surgery. Avoid hot foods and beverages for the first 24 hours. Wait until the anesthesia wears off before you eat. Do not touch or disturb the implant site with your fingers or tongue.

Refrain from brushing the site for the first few days. Use mouthwash and a cotton bud to keep the area clean and help the wound heal. If possible, avoid wearing dentures that cover the surgical site during the healing period. Use antibiotics or other medications as directed.


Maintenance of Dental Implants

Take care of your dental implants just like your natural teeth. Maintain high standards of hygiene to prevent oral diseases and improve the implant's lifespan. The dentist can recommend specialty cleaning devices for your implants.

Interdental brushes and periodontal floss can be more effective than regular toothbrushes. They can maintain optimum implant condition. Regular dental appointments will help ensure the implants are in good condition. Your dentist will recommend the best schedule to ensure long-term implant success.


Complications of Dental Implants

There are a few complications associated with dental implants. As with all surgical procedures, you should be healthy before surgery. You need treatment before the implant procedure if you have periodontal or dental disease.

Poor oral hygiene and smoking can increase the risk of implant complications. Some patients experience peri-implant mucositis or gum inflammation around the implant. It causes swelling and redness and is associated with plaque buildup. The plaque hardens into tartar, which can damage the jawbone over time.
Maintain a Healthy and Long-lasting smile.

You can maintain a long-lasting smile after dental implant surgery.
  • Keep your mouth clean to prevent the risk of implant failure

  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid processed and sugary foods and beverages

  • Avoid grinding and clenching your teeth, and do not stress the implants. If you grind your teeth, use a nightguard to protect your implants

  • If you play contact sports, always wear a good-quality mouthguard

  • Schedule regular visits to the dentist

Contact your dentist immediately if you experience severe pain, bleeding, or swelling after the implant surgery. With proper maintenance, you can enjoy your dental implants for years.

For more on dental implant aftercare and how to maintain a healthy and long-lasting smile, visit Advanced Dental Health at our Phoenix, Arizona, office. Call 480-405-0300 to schedule an appointment today.

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