Aftercare: What to Expect
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Follow Up and Maintenance
Dental implant care begins as soon as you are sent home from the dentist. It will include your initial recovery period, your first few weeks with your implant, and the rest of your life because this is a permanent treatment! Knowing what to expect will ensure that you are prepared with the right tools and mindset to have a healthy healing once you are home.
Because dental implants require surgery, you will want to keep them clean and avoid injury to them especially in the first few weeks after your appointment. We will provide a list of activities and foods that you should avoid. For example, you will need to avoid certain foods, hot beverages, and strenuous workouts to eliminate excessive bleeding and swelling during recovery.
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The First Weeks of Caring for Dental Implants
Your first few days and weeks at home are the most important in ensuring that your implants heal well. You may need to have gauze packed in the area to decrease bleeding, and you may want to apply moist heat to the area to reduce discomfort and swelling. Gradually, jaw pain will decrease and you will begin feeling like yourself again.
Be sure that you have the following tools on hand to help you keep the area clean in the few weeks post surgery.
- A soft-bristled toothbrush
- Unwaxed dental tape
- A floss threader
- An oral irrigator
- Rubber-tipped gum stimulators
Long-Term Maintenance for Dental Implants
Once your implant has healed, you can generally treat it just as you would treat your other teeth. Therefore, you should be sure to brush and floss around it daily. You will also need to schedule regular examinations and cleanings with your dentist. These cleanings will include a scaling to clean beneath the gum line as well as a thorough cleaning around the threads of your implant to ward off infection.
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