Dental implants are a popular and long-lasting solution to replace missing teeth. They’re comprised a crown and adjoining metal rod that is anchored into the jawbone, which—despite the “mechanical” terminology—give an absolutely natural look. The implant process can take about a year to complete, but it’s well worth the wait for a permanent perfect smile.
After the implant procedure, taking proper care of your dental implants is crucial to ultimately ensuring their longevity. Be sure to follow these dentist-recommended instructions throughout your (mild!) recuperation!
Use a Soft Nylon Toothbrush
Soft bristles are gentle on dental implants, so it is recommended to switch to a nylon toothbrush as you’re healing. No brushing with hard bristles, as they can scratch and damage the surface of the implants. Stick to flossing and brushing twice a day.
Avoid All Things Abrasive for Dental Implants
Use “sensitive”-labeled cleaning products, and avoid anything that might cause discomfort in the mouth such as pastes or mouthwashes with strong flavors like cinnamon and mint.
Hold Off on the Smoking and Alcohol for Dental Implants
These substances can slow down the healing process of dental implants, so it’s best to avoid them as much as possible.
Watch What You Eat…
Hard and sticky foods can damage dental implants (and other teeth!), so it’s highly recommended to tap into your vast reserves of willpower and shun foods like potato chips, hard candies, crusty bread, etc.
Make Yourself a VIP at the Dentist’s Office
Regular appointments and unscheduled visits to address any issues as needed are the best assurance for keeping your dental implants in great condition long-term. Of course, we should all be visiting the dentist twice a year for optimum oral health regardless.
Remember that, after the implant procedure, it’s quite common to experience some swelling and pain for about 24 hours. Surefire strategies to combat discomfort include biting on sponges (particularly useful to staunch bleeding), taking any medication as prescribed, avoiding rinsing your mouth for the first day, and keeping your head in a stable position.
Taking care of your dental implants from the get-go is essential to ensuring their longevity—to achieving and maintaining that lovely smile in perpetoothity. By following these post-implant instructions and staying diligent with visits to the dental office, you can count on positively grin-worthy results.
Catonsville Dental Care is The Best Choice for Your Dental Health
Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and a commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation, you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.