Now that you have had your dental implants, we believe you are delighted with the results. You have invested your money and time to have this modern teeth replacement option, so you should get the best out of it. We are here to help you understand how to care for your implant thus protecting your investment. Implants are one of the most successful teeth replacement options that look so natural. However, they need some care just like your natural teeth to maintain them in a healthy condition for a long time.
How to care for your dental implants?
- To enjoy the successful dental implants throughout your lifetime, you should keep your mouth as clean as possible. From the next day of the surgery, you should start cleaning your other teeth with a toothbrush as you always do. However, avoid brushing in the surgical area for some days and be careful while cleaning this area.
- Rinsing in your mouth with warm salt water could help you feel better. Make sure the water is not so hot and hold the warm water over the surgical area for some time. Repeat this as often as you can.
- Try to keep the food you eat away from the surgical area for some days.
- Rinse the implant site thoroughly after every meal in order to keep the implant site clean.
- Do not smoke until the wound is completely healed because smoking can limit healing to a greater extent.
What should you avoid after implant treatment?
- Take only cold drinks, avoid hot drinks or food for the first few days.
- Do not eat until the effect of local anaesthesia wore off.
- Try not to disturb the implant site with your fingers or tongue.
- Do not swill liquid on the area.
- Do not undertake any tough exercises for the first 48 hours post dental implant procedure.
Will there be bruising or swelling around the implant site?
You might experience some bruising and swelling following the implant procedure. This is completely normal and will subside naturally in a few days. However, you can use ice packs to reduce swelling and hold it on the cheek area for some time. Raising your head a bit while sleeping may also help.
What about the sutures made in the tooth implants site?
The stitches will dissolve after some days or weeks. You may experience some minor bleeding post surgery. However, this is perfectly normal. You can try applying pressure by biting down dampen gauze cloth over the area for a few minutes. Sitting in an upright position will also help. If bleeding continues for a long time, you should contact your dentist right away.
If you are prescribed with antibiotics, to take after the procedure, ensure you complete the course.
We want you to recover as pleasant and as smooth as possible. Following these instructions carefully can help you with it. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your healing phase or dental implants cost, contact your dentist!