Congratulations on your new dental implant! Now that your dental implant surgery has been a complete success, and you have regained your bite and chewing abilities, you can begin to experience the benefits of this modern restorative treatment. While it is true that dental implants last longer than other teeth replacement methods, it is important that you look after them properly.
In the long run, caring for your dental implants is rather simple and straightforward. In fact, it is similar to taking care of your own natural teeth. However, there are several things that you should take note of when starting out – especially in the first weeks following the implant surgery.
To help you along, let’s take a look at some dental maintenance and safety tips:
Dental Implants After Care Instructions
Following the post-treatment instructions given to you by your dentist after the surgery is imperative to ensure full treatment success. If you experience pain during the first couple of days after the surgical procedure, you may take over-the-counter medications to relieve the discomfort. You may also apply an ice pack on the area to help with pain relief. You may use the ice pack for 20 minutes per time up to two days, following which you should switch to moist heat (like a tea bag) to soothe any lingering discomfort.
One of the common post-surgery instructions would be to keep your head elevated as that would help your implants to heal quickly. Don’t forget to follow the course of antibiotics as prescribed by your dentist, and also the antibiotic oral rinse if and when required. During the initial weeks, do not eat any type of food that requires hard chewing as it will take some time for the implants to settle in.
Brush, Floss and Clean
The key to looking after your implanted teeth is to look after them the same way you would your own healthy teeth. In other words, you should make it a point to clean them after each meal, while maintaining good oral hygiene with daily brushing and flossing. To make sure that your implanted teeth are in pristine order, you should see a dentist at least twice a year for regular professional maintenance.
There are special products that are designed to clean implanted teeth that you may also wish to consider: Angled brush heads improve access to hard-to-reach areas; soft interdental brushes are gentle on the implants and prevent surface damage. Modern interdental cleaning instruments like the Airfloss Ultra are designed to provide flossing-like action while being gentle on your implants as well.
Visit a dentist for follow-up checks
To keep your implants healthy, you should schedule periodic follow-up appointments with the dentist. This is to make sure that there are no complications – infections or inflammations – or loosening of the restorations.
Just by keeping to these simple after care instructions, your dental implants tend to last for long time – up to a lifetime. Call Quality Dental Sydney at (02) 9922 1159. You can also book online at www.qualitydental.com.au