Caring for Dental Implants

Anyone who has had dental implants will need to know how best to protect their new teeth by caring for them properly. While implants are almost exactly like your natural teeth, caring for them involves a little additional work to keep them looking good. This article looks at how to look after your implants immediately following the procedure and then in the longer term.

Immediate Aftercare

In the first few days after you have received your dental implants, there are some guidelines that you should follow:

Eating and Drinking

Avoid hot food and drinks for the first day following your treatment and make sure that you do not eat anything until the anaesthetic has completely worn off.

Caring for Bruising and Bleeding

Try to avoid touching the implant area as much as possible with either your fingers or your tongue. It is likely that you will experience some swelling and bruising which will subside on its own after a couple of days. You may be able to relieve this in the short term by applying ice packs to your cheeks over the first 24 hours, or warm heat after this period has elapsed.

Sleeping in a propped up position will lessen swelling. Bleeding is quite common following surgery, applying pressure by biting down on a damp gauze for up to an hour should stem the flow.

Pain

If you are experiencing any pain following your treatment you should take standard painkillers like Paracetamol at the maximum dosage for up to 2 days. Make sure to take any antibiotics that you have been given by your dental surgeon until the entire course is finished. If pain or swelling persists or worsens after a few days, return to your dentist for a check up in case you have developed an infection.

Long Term Care

Following your implant treatment it is important to maintain a high level of oral hygiene in order for your implants to remain healthy.

Cleaning

Caring for implants is very similar to caring for your normal teeth, so you should continue to brush well at least twice a day, starting on the evening of your treatment. Use of inter-dental brushes may be effective to clean hard-to-reach places and you should always floss regularly.

Check Ups

Although they cannot decay, implants can be damaged by wear and tear so visiting your dentist for regular check ups is just as important after receiving implants.