Now that you have your dental implant, it’s important that you adhere to the care your implant requires post-surgery and long after surgery has passed.
What should I do for my implant post-surgery?
Of course, your dental implant is in a touchy stage right now, so to be sure it heals correctly, the following bullet-pointed below are highly recommended that you follow:
- Don’t drink anything except for clear liquids such as water.
- Keep your diet light for a while, and opt to eat foods that are soft or liquidy. Sugar-free smoothies are ideal as a meal replacement. Stay away from hard, chewy, sticky, or gooey foods or drinks during the healing process of your dental implant.
- Brush your teeth as normal along with your dental implant, but instead, use a softer-bristled toothbrush or brush a little softer than usual to avoid putting too much pressure on the new dental implant. If you can’t find a softer toothbrush, even a toddler toothbrush would work as the bristles are a lot less stiff.
- Take any prescribed pain medications as given by your dentist. If any issues occur with the medication, notify your dentist or a doctor immediately.
How should I care for my dental implant after it heals?
Your dentist is likely to give you specific guidelines and advice regarding caring for your dental implant long after surgery has passed; however, if that was not the case, you’ll be glad to know that caring for a dental implant, while it may be different than caring for regular teeth, can be fairly easy to get used to overtime.
Brushing, flossing, and swishing with mouthwash are all just important, if not more important now than ever before. Just because a dental implant is not a real tooth doesn’t mean it can’t pose a risk for development of oral-related issues or house bad oral bacteria, because it can.
The type of toothbrush you use (manual versus electric) isn’t necessarily going to make for a better or worse hygienic method for your tooth implant; the choice is yours. However, if you have trouble flossing your dental implant, opt for special flossing tools such as an interdental flossing tool, and electric flosser, or even a water flosser.
Using traditional string floss and wrapping it around the teeth in a crisscross pattern and moving the floss up and down is also an ideal method for flossing a dental implant. Consult a dentist if you still have trouble cleaning your implant or are unsure about something in regards to oral hygiene.
Other things to keep in mind:
- Treat your dental implant like any other tooth, adhering to the same hygienic requirements.
- Don’t let your dental implant lead you to think less oral care is required as dental implants are not real teeth. Oral care is just as important now if not more!
- Oral bacteria will still thrive on and around your dental implant.
- Consult a dentist as soon as possible if you have problems with your dental implant. Anything from questions about how your dental implant should be cared for to the concern of physical problems with your implant should all be addressed with a dental professional.