If you’re missing teeth, getting a dental implant procedure can be a great choice for improving your smile. Because the procedure is surgical, you’ll have to take several precautions afterwards to make sure your mouth heals well. By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to ensure your dental implants look amazing for years to come.
1. Avoid Irritating the Implant
It’s natural for you to want to poke around with your tongue at this new, shiny item in your mouth. However, it’s important to try and not disturb the area as much as possible. This means you shouldn’t rinse, probe, or floss your new dental implant for at least 24 hours after the surgery.
Unfortunately, this also means you won’t be able to eat or drink as you normally do for the first day after surgery, as these can cause irritation. In particular, you should avoid hot food and drinks. Instead, stick to cold food and drinks and try to avoid chewing and swallowing near the implants.
2. Rinse With Saltwater
Because you won’t be able to brush like normal, you will have to resort to different rinses to keep your mouth clean. Try using a mix of one tablespoon of salt and eight ounces of water to cleanse your teeth. Don’t gargle or rinse excessively or aggressively; instead swish around gently. When you’re finished, spit the water into the sink with care. You should perform this procedure around two to three times a day, especially after you eat or drink
3. Avoid Certain Activities
Since you have an open wound in your mouth, it’s essential that you take it easy after your surgery. This will mean you’ll have to take a break from working out or playing sports to give your body time to heal and recover. Additionally, it’s important to avoid stimulants like alcohol or nicotine. The best thing to do is to relax during the day. Stay in a seated position and avoid laying down on the side where you got your implant.
4. Watch Out for Bleeding and Swelling
Even though you’ll have sutures in your mouth, it’s natural for you to continue to experience a small amount of bleeding the next one to two days following your surgery. If this happens, simply take a bit of gauze and bite down on the affected area. If your gauze becomes filled with blood, replace it every 30 to 45 minutes as needed. To reduce swelling in the area, apply a cold compress to the cheek in twenty minutes on, twenty minutes off cycle.
5. Clean With Care
As your mouth continues to heal after your surgery, you’ll eventually be able to upgrade your rinse to brushing. While you can brush your natural teeth like normal, you’ll still have to take special care with your new implants. For example, you may want to start using an interdental brush, which helps to clean the sides of the implant. You can also use a bridge flossing tool or silicone-coated toothpick to clean in between the false teeth.
After-care for your dental implants is not that challenging if you know what to do. If you have any questions after your surgery, don’t hesitate to contact us right away to have Dr. Mann address your concerns.