Perhaps your dental implant surgery is approaching soon or maybe you’re still trying to decide whether you want to have this procedure. It’s reasonable that you’d want to find out as much as you can about how to care for your implants after the surgery is over.
Your implant dentist has also probably gone over some after-surgery care routines you’ll need to follow along with recommending special products to use to help you heal faster. Not to mention, you might also have to adjust your diet to accommodate your sore gums and protect your implants from further pain.
By understanding how to care for your dental implants after surgery, you can speed along your healing process and help your dental implants to stay healthy. Read below to find out more regarding post-operation care.
You might think that caring for your dental implants might be a little more difficult than caring for your natural teeth but that’s just not the case. Here’s what The Silberg Center For Dental Science has to say about the similarities between caring for your dental implants and your regular teeth:
“The daily care of dental implants is very similar to the care of natural teeth. Restored dental implants should be kept clean and plaque free twice a day using a brush and floss. Cleaning is especially important after meals. This is accomplished by gently brushing, giving special attention to all sides of the implant.
Oral hygiene aids may include:
Small, soft, manual toothbrush or an electric brush
Low-abrasive, tartar-control toothpaste
Dental floss for cleaning around the abutments
Other supplies that may be recommended by the doctor can include:
Antimicrobial mouth rinses
Inter-dental brushes or other aids for removing plaque between the teeth on either side of the implant(s)
Disclosing tablets to stain the locations of plaque accumulation”
As mentioned earlier, you might also have to take precautions when it comes to choosing what you eat in order to make sure your dental implants remain stain and damage free. You might assume that your implants’ crowns can’t be damaged because they’re made of sturdier materials but the protective coating on these crowns can fade away and be susceptible to staining or minor damages.
Below is a list of recommended foods suggested to you by Dr. Frederick G. Hegedus to diet on following your immediate dental implant surgery. Most of the foods on this list include softer textures but after you’re done healing, it will be possible to eat fairly regularly and you can enjoy crunchier foods with caution.
AFTER DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY
“Recommended food and drinks:
- Juice, water, milk, coffee, tea.
- Cooked cereals, such as oatmeal or cream of wheat, yogurt.
- Scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, apple sauce.
- Home cooked broth, bouillon, soups.
- Ground beef, baked or broiled fish, broiled or stewed chicken (finely chopped).
- Macaroni and cheese, soft bread, baked or mashed potatoes.
- Jell-O, puddings, pound cake, milkshakes, ice cream.”
In addition to eating right and brushing your teeth regularly, you’ll also want to avoid excessive use of drugs and alcohol. Alcohol and smoking can dramatically affect the shade of your teeth and potentially cause discoloration as well as other issues like gum cancer. So how exactly does smoking impact your dental implant’s success? Take a look below at this article from Authority Dental about the harmful risks associated with smoking after getting dental implants.
“Studies have shown that the nicotine in tobacco reduces blood flow. In the case of dental implants, a lack of blood flow is not good because you need as much blood flow to your mouth as possible to allow proper and quick healing.
Also, the smoke you inhale may burn the tissues in your mouth and, over time, thicken the top layer of skin cells, creating a fibrous tissue rather than more bone. The smoke could also be damaging your salivary glands, which leads to a dry mouth, lacking the fluid to wash away bacteria”
Do yourself a favor and seriously factor in these crucial steps towards properly caring for your dental implants after surgery! You’ll be thanking yourself later after your implants have successfully healed and avoided failure or infection.
To learn more about specific care routines or techniques, reach out to the staff at Burke Dental. We’re here to help! Just call us at (703) 978-6000 to schedule your next appointment and be on your way towards a healthier, happier smile.
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