Dental implants give Elizabethtown men and women freedom in many areas of their lives. They restore oral function and aesthetics and let patients eat, drink, and speak like they did when they had their natural teeth. But what about caring for dental implants? If you’re considering this tooth replacement system to replace one tooth, a few teeth, or your whole mouthful of teeth, you likely want to know whether or not they need special care in comparison to natural teeth.
We will discuss the care required after you have your dental implants placed, and the ongoing, oral health care needed to ensure your implants last a lifetime.
Caring For Your Dental Implants After Surgery
Our doctors know that your decision to have dental implants placed should not be taken lightly. It’s a big decision, and they want you to be well-informed on how to properly care for your implants to ensure your investment is protected.
After your surgery, our doctors will provide you with very clear aftercare instructions that you should be sure to follow to ensure your recovery from dental implant placement goes smoothly and quickly:
Patients Should Rest
Immediately after your surgery, and for several days after, Elizabethtown patients receiving dental implants should rest. This means avoiding heavy lifting, exercising, and performing activities that could increase your heart rate. Overdoing it could cause throbbing or bleeding to occur at the surgical sites and make you uncomfortable.
Patients Should Practice Oral Hygiene as Directed
The day of your surgery, our doctors will recommend patients avoid brushing their teeth but instead use the prescribed oral rinse before bedtime. When directed, begin brushing your teeth gently, avoiding your incision sites.
Patients Should Eat a Diet of Soft Foods
In addition to resting and practicing proper oral hygiene, Elizabethtown patients should stay hydrated and eat a diet of soft foods for a few days. Our doctors will let you know when it is safe to resume your normal diet.
Daily Care of Your Dental Implants
Because dental implants are prosthetic teeth, many Elizabethtown men and women mistakenly think that their new teeth won’t require too much care. And while they don’t require excessive care, they do require proper oral health care in order to ensure they last as long as they should – ideally, the rest of your life. To properly take care of your dental implants on a daily basis, patients should:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss once a day
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash once a day
- Keep regular visits with your general dentist for cleanings and checkups
- Visit our doctors regularly to ensure your gums are healthy
Schedule Your Consultation at Clagett Dental in Elizabethtown Today
Our doctors are skilled in dental implantology and have been serving their community since 1947.
Patients who are ready to get their smile back and enjoy renewed oral function should call Clagett Dental today at (270) 769-3306 to book your initial implant consultation.