Once you decide dental implants are right for you, you’re choosing a restorative solution that provides you with a lifetime of benefits. After Dr. Sayed has completed the dental implant process, many patients are unaware they can impact the success of their new smile. This is why we’ve put together a comprehensive post-operative guide to help ensure you properly care for your implants and maintain good oral health.
Immediately after your implant surgery, knowing what you can and can’t do is important to ensure an efficient recovery. Follow these tips within the first few days of your healing period so you don’t jeopardize the healing process.
After your initial recovery period, it’s crucial to keep up with good oral hygiene and use the right products to ensure a long-lasting implant. If you follow these simple tips, your new smile will continue to radiate beauty and confidence for years to come.
Taking care of your oral health provides you and your implant with great benefits. The health of your gums is a vital factor for the success of your implant. It’s important to know even though your implant itself won’t decay or become infected, the supporting tissue around it still can.
If you don’t brush and floss properly every day, your gums will begin to build up bacteria and form plaque and tartar. This will lead to an infection in your gums and around your implant, known as peri-implantitis.
Peri-implantitis weakens your gums and loosens your implant, eventually leading to implant failure. To avoid this, you must brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, use mouthwash, and attend biannual visits to our Birmingham or Canton office for cleaning and checkups. This is to ensure you’re completely removing any bacteria or food particles in your mouth.
Some dental care products are beneficial for dental implants, but others can harm them. Luckily, your cleaning routine is the same as with your natural teeth. Some factors to consider when choosing your products include:
However, gentle heat is more beneficial after the first 24 hours have elapsed. It also helps to sleep slightly on two to three pillows underneath your head.
Pain shouldn’t be too much of a problem for patients after their implant procedure. Although you may be sore for a few days after surgery, this can be managed with over-the-counter medications. You can take whichever painkillers you normally do for headaches, body aches, and sprains (ibuprofen and paracetamol make a good combination), and you should take your first dose before the local anesthetic has completely worn off.
If you experience increasing pain and swelling after a few days, contact our office immediately. This way we can get you in for an appointment as soon as possible so that we can ensure you’re not beginning to develop an infection.
These are the several factors that can influence your recovery period:
Make sure you keep up with your regular professional cleanings and exams with Dr. Sayed so he can ensure everything is going well with your implants. If he finds any unexpected issues, he’ll be able to treat them right away to avoid complications in the future.
If you have any other questions throughout your healing process, be sure to contact our office right away to ensure a successful recovery. Our Birmingham dental practice is conveniently located near Pontiac, Highland Park, and many more surrounding areas, and our Canton office is located near Ann Arbor, and Dearborn, MI.
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