New Dental Implants - What Do I Do After My Procedure12 Nov, 2015
New Dental Implants - What Do I Do After My Procedure
Now that you have your new dental implants it is more important than ever to look after your brand new smile. Poor hygiene habits may have been the reason you needed new dental implants in the first place so what better time to start your new dental hygiene regime than now! This article will list some of the things you should do to make the most of your new dental implants straight after surgery and for years after.
Avoid hot drinks and food
For the first few days after your surgery it is important to avoid hot food and drink. This could aggravate the implant site and prevent healing. It is also important not to swill liquid over the implant area.
There will always be some swelling associated with your implant surgery. To decrease the swelling for the first 24hrs hold an ice pack against your face. If you have any pain associated with the swelling take painkillers and if you have been given antibiotics be sure to complete the full course.
Rinse your Mouth
Following the procedure a slat rinse is recommended to improve the healing process and prevent infection. In addition rinsing with Corsodyl mouthwash after the surgery particular around the implant site for the first week, should help to prevent any infection. It is important to keep food away from the implant site for as long as possible, rinsing after eating will help to keep the implant area as clean as possible.
Brush and floss your implants regularly
Once the pain and swelling have reduced it is time to start taking care of your teeth properly. Your teeth may have been fitted in a way which allows you to remove them for cleaning (dentures) or they may be permanently fixed. Either way regular cleaning of your implants is extremely important. Ensure that you begin cleaning your teeth straight after surgery. Avoid the implant area for the first 2 days, following this try to clean this area in the same way you clean your other teeth.
Brushing with fluoride toothpaste 2-3 times a day will help to keep your smile looking better for longer and regular flossing is crucial for the upkeep of your dental implants.