Caring for Your Dental Implants
Replacing your missing teeth with natural-looking dental implants will enhance your appearance and improve your health. It’s important to protect this investment by taking good care of your implants and your oral health so your restored smile can last a lifetime.
Below are some guidelines we’ve put together to help you take proper care of your implants.
Your Recovery from Implant Surgery
To make sure you heal properly, Dr. Klym will give you some post-operative instructions to follow for the first few days after your implants are surgically placed. During the recovery period, the process of osseointegration occurs as the jawbone fuses with the implant fixture. This is essential to the success of your implants.
You’ll be advised to eat only soft foods for the first few days after your implant placement. It’s also important to avoid doing anything that puts pressure on the area, such as spitting or using a straw. You’ll also want to refrain from smoking or excessive alcohol use since both of these habits will diminish blood flow to the area, interfering with the body’s ability to heal.
Long-term Implant Care
In general, the same regular oral care that keeps your smile healthy and free of dental infection such as tooth decay will also ensure your dental implants remain secure and healthy. We offer these recommendations for the long-term care of your dental implants:
Follow Proper Oral Care — It’s essential to properly clean all your teeth daily to reduce the chance of infection because that could lead to problems with your implants. Brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day will remove bacteria, plaque, and debris that can cause infection.
Choose Gentle Hygiene Products — Since your dental implant is softer than natural tooth enamel, it can become scratched or damaged if your oral care products are too harsh. That’s why it’s important to choose the following types of gentle hygiene products:
- A toothbrush with soft or extra soft bristles
- Nylon-coated dental floss or floss that’s specially made for use with dental implants
- Avoid toothpaste that’s made for smokers or toothpaste that contains abrasive whitening agents such as baking soda.
Keep Your Gums Healthy — Your dental implants will never decay, but your gums are still susceptible to infection. Peri-implantitis is an infection similar to gum disease that attacks the tissue that supports your implants. When the tissue around your implant becomes infected, bone loss can occur, and this can jeopardize your implants. Fortunately, following an effective oral care routine will help ensure the health of your gums and your implants.
Get Regular Professional Checkups from Dr. Klym — Your regular checkups are essential to protect your implants. During these visits, you’ll receive a professional cleaning and your dentist will check for any signs of infection or other potential problems and treat them before they get out of hand.