Dental implant surgery is a method that replaces tooth roots with metal, screwlike posts and replaces missing or damaged teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like the real ones.
Getting a dental embed isn’t just like popping a retainer in your mouth. It’s a medical procedure and it will require aftercare.
In general, dental implants may be right for you if you:
- Have at least one missing teeth
- Have a jawbone that has reached its full growth
- Have a satisfactory bone to secure the implants or are able to support a bone graft
- Have perfectly healthy oral tissues
- Don’t have any health conditions that will affect bone healing
- If you are incapable or reluctant to wear dentures
- If you want to improve your speech
- Don’t smoke tobacco
Directly after getting a dental implant, there are certain things you’ll need to do and not do, like drink only cold beverages and not do strenuous exercise. Plaque can develop around dental implants, causing bleeding gums, gingivitis and other conditions that can make the healing procedure take longer, influencing the results of your implant healing procedure.
Maintaining your implants with great oral cleanliness and regular dental checkups is the best protection for long-term reliability. Taking care of them as you would take care of your natural teeth will help guarantee a long, cheerful life for your “third set” of teeth.
Here are a few ways by which you can take care of your dental implants:
Brushing Twice Daily With A Soft Toothbrush
We at KB Dental Clinic recommend brushing twice daily to remove bacterial plaque, using a soft toothbrush. You can use a manual or electric toothbrush, but make sure the bristles are soft and pliable, to gently clean the surface of your implants. You should make it a point to use a soft nylon-coated brush to clean crevices between teeth, and hard-to-reach areas around your implants. Make certain to always brush every tooth surface completely, paying special attention to the crevices.
Using Oral Irrigating Device/Waterpik Water Flosser
Sometimes just brushing leaves plaque and food debris behind, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath after you have got your implants. The Waterpik Water Flosser is the easy and the most effective way to floss and clean your teeth. It removes the debris that brushing leaves behind, and it is clinically proven to improve oral health. It also has been proven safe and effective for use with dental implants and effectively reduced plaque buildup and gingivitis in clinical trial patients. KB Dental Clinic prescribes the Waterpik Water Flosser for all of their patients with implants.
Wearing A Night Guard
Night guards are the perfect solution to stop the wear and tear on your teeth after implants, which are often caused by teeth grinding. When used regularly, they are sure to protect your pearly whites and expensive dental work. These night guards are fabricated to withstand the constant pressure when you bite down or grind your teeth. The night guard “locks” firmly in place so you don’t have to worry about it being unsafe while you sleep.
Strictly, No Smoking
There’s simply no nice way to put this – nothing good comes from smoking! Smoking can adversely affect the success of your implants and do changeless harm to your tissues. Simply refrain from smoking cigarettes, marijuana, or vaping – both before and after the surgery as it produces keratoses – white flaky patches – that can harm or block salivary organs, bringing about dry mouth. Saliva is needed to wash away plaque and acids left in your mouth by microbes, which generally can prompt tooth decay and gum infection. Despite the fact that your prosthetic is safe by this directly, the encompassing tissue can be affected – hurting the gums and bone supporting your implants.
Eat Healthy Nutritious Soft Food
Whether you’ve had dental implant surgery done, soft food is key after any oral surgery. Dental implants require you to stick to soft foods and avoid biting or chewing with the tooth or that area for some time. Directly after treatment, your mouth and jaw will likely be sore. Nutritious foods that don’t require much chewing are a good option. Have food like:
- Cottage cheese
- Soft scrambled eggs
- Mashed potatoes
The temperature of drinks and foods, whether they are hot or cold, is also important. Sipping hot drinks while healing from dental implant surgery may irritate the gum tissue and complicate the recovery process. Keep your beverages warm instead of piping hot and stick to cold foods, like yogurt, until your dentist or oral surgeon allows you to expand your meal options.
Use Interproximal Brushes
After getting your dental implant surgery done, it is important to use an Interdental brush, which helps to prevent gum disease by getting rid of pieces of food and plaque from between your teeth. They have little bristled heads specially designed to clean between your teeth, and they come in various widths to suit the size of the gaps, making the cleaning procedure a lot simpler.
Professional Follow-ups Are A Must Periodically
It’s important to get your dental implants checked and cleaned by a professional periodically. They will need to completely clean the strings of the implant, the encompassing tissues, and your natural teeth. This helps keep away the bacteria, which can prompt an infection. In addition, it’s useful for the dentist to review the general condition and alignment of the implant. Your dentist will probably incorporate scaling, a method that cleans a lot further than the surface of the tooth, cleaning underneath the gum line to remove the development of plaque.
Follow these tips to have healthy and long-lasting dental implants. If you would like more information on dental implants, contact KB Dental Clinic or schedule an appointment for a consultation.