Tips to Ensure Success with Your Implants
Dental implants offer our patients suffering from tooth loss a durable, natural-looking solution that restores functionality and boosts confidence. They’re a highly-effective tooth replacement option because they’re not susceptible to decay and play a significant role in maintaining your overall health.
Just like your natural teeth, dental implants will require good oral hygiene so they can last a lifetime. Although neither the implant nor the restoration can get infected or decay, the supporting tissue around it still can which will ultimately lead to implant failure.
Learning how to care for your new smile throughout its healing process and how to properly maintain good oral health can make a major difference in the success of your dental implants. If you’re a candidate for implant placement, follow these tips that won’t only help you prevent failure but they’ll also help you keep a healthy smile for years to come.
Your Immediate Recovery
Within the first few days of healing with your restored smile, there are a few things to keep in mind to help ensure success with your implants. Eat soft foods and follow a liquid diet for the first couple of days to avoid getting hard or sticky food particles trapped in your implant site. Also, try to rinse your mouth out with salt water two to three times a day to reduce inflammation and clean out your mouth.
Abstaining from smoking is heavily recommended prior to implant placement, as well as right after your surgery. Smoking doesn’t only damage your overall health but tobacco can also reduce blood flow and impede on your healing progress.
If you’re aware of your teeth grinding or common clenching, let us know because it can cause major damage to your new implants. When teeth are constantly being clenched together, it creates an overactivity of the masticatory muscles. This can prevent the implant from integrating with your jawbone which will affect the implant’s stability.
Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene
Committing to good oral hygiene will make a significant impact on the health of your smile. Keeping your new teeth clean with proper brushing and flossing will not only keep them looking great, but will also create a healthy environment for your neighboring teeth and supporting gums.
By minimizing the development of plaque and bacteria with the right oral hygiene routine and your biannual dental visits, you’ll decrease the risk of infections and implant failure.
Dental Products to Use
When caring for your new smile with dental implants, you can simply follow the same dental routine as you do with your natural teeth. To ensure ultimate success and eliminate the risk of gum irritation or scratching your new, natural-looking restoration, consider these dental products for your implants:
- Toothbrush— Buy a soft-bristled brush that won’t scratch your restoration
- Toothpaste— Use one that doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients like ones used for smokers or teeth-whitening
- Floss— Choose nylon coated floss or one specifically made for implants
- Mouthwash— Rinse with one that doesn’t list alcohol as an ingredient
Visit Our Hastings or Doniphan Offices
If you’re considering getting dental implants or currently have implants and have any post-op questions, then give us a call or visit one of our dental offices in Hastings or Doniphan, NE. Our dedicated and knowledgeable team are here to help address any of your concerns and work with you and your new smile to ensure it lasts a lifetime.