Your Impact on Dental Implants
Did you know that even after your dental implants have been placed, you can still impact their success? How you care for your oral health, the products you use, and the foods you eat are all factors that may affect your implants. Dr. Houenou has put together a post-op guide to help you understand how to properly care for your beautiful new smile.
How to Ensure a Succesful Initial Recovery
Within the first few days following your implant surgery, we recommend you follow these tips:
- Stick to a soft food diet. Hard foods can easily harm your surgical site, so be sure to eat soft foods or follow a liquid diet during the first couple of days to avoid any problems.
- Don’t spit or use a straw. Putting any type of pressure on the implant site can prevent it from healing properly.
- Rinse with salt water. After eating, it’s best to rinse with salt water to clean around the implant and help reduce inflammation. Remember not to spit out the water when you’re done, just let it flow out your mouth.
- Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol. These habits can reduce blood flow and hinder your healing process, so it’s best to refrain from both during recovery.
Long-Term Implant Care
After the first week or two of healing, keeping up with proper long-term dental care is crucial for your implant’s success. Follow these guidelines that Dr. Houenou recommends that will help maintain the appearance of your implants as well as your overall oral health.
The Importance of Good Oral Health
Maintaining good oral health after receiving dental implants is pivotal for their success. Your gums play an important role in the success of your post-op treatment. Although your implant won’t decay or become infected, your gums can still get infected if not taken care of properly.
If the gum tissue that surrounds your dental implant gets infected, it can lead to peri-implantitis— a disease that causes bone loss. If you begin to lose bone density, your implant will loosen and therefore, fall out.
Removing bacteria and food particles every day is the best way to ensure your gums, implant, and entire mouth remain healthy. Brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing at least once a day will help ensure you’re keeping up with your oral care routine. Rinsing with mouthwash to remove any lingering germs is also recommended.
Choose the Right Dental Products
Luckily, brushing and flossing your new smile is just as simple as it was with your natural teeth. However, there are certain products that are better for your dental implants that won’t scratch or damage your restorations, ensuring they’ll look beautiful for up to a lifetime.
- Toothbrush — A soft bristle toothbrush won’t irritate your gums or scratch your new restoration.
- Toothpaste — Choose a gentle product without any harsh or abrasive ingredients. Avoid ones designed for teeth whitening or smokers.
- Floss — Use a nylon coated floss or one made specifically for dental implants.
- Mouthwash — Don’t use any with alcohol as an ingredient because they can dry out your mouth and interfere your healing process.
Come in for Your Regular Checkups
Don’t forget that you’ll still need to keep up with you biannual dental visits with Dr. Houenou. At these appointments, he’ll perform a regular dental cleaning, examine your mouth for any potential problems and ensure your implants look good.
If Dr. Houenou does find an issue, he’ll begin treatment right away to avoid harming the success of your dental implants. Give us a call today if you have any other questions about your recovery or if you’ve noticed anything unusual with your implant.