Congratulations on your new dental implants! At Sharma Oral Surgery, we’re just as excited as you are about your updated smile. Your journey towards a healthier, more confident smile doesn’t end with the procedure, however. To ensure the longevity of your implants, proper care and hygiene are critical. So let’s explore the best practices for caring for your new dental implants.

Post-Operative Care: The First Few Days

In the initial days following your procedure, it’s crucial to follow the post-operative instructions given by your oral surgeon. These will include:

  • Managing Discomfort: Use the prescribed pain medication as directed. An ice pack can also help manage any swelling.

  • Rest: Taking it easy for the first 24-48 hours can speed up your recovery process.

  • Eating: Stick to soft foods and liquids initially to avoid disturbing your new implants.

  • Oral Hygiene: Do not brush the surgical site for the first 24 hours. After that, gently clean the area with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Maintaining Your Dental Implants: Long-Term Care

After the initial healing period, caring for your dental implants involves a routine much like your natural teeth.

  • Regular Brushing and Flossing: Just like your natural teeth, implants need to be cleaned regularly. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and floss daily.

  • Specialized Cleaning Tools: Consider using interdental brushes or other tools designed to clean around bridges, braces, and wide spaces.

  • Avoid Hard Foods: Chewing hard items, such as ice or hard candy, can damage both natural teeth and implants.

  • Quit Smoking: If you’re a smoker, try to quit. Smoking can weaken bone structure and can contribute to implant failure.

Regular Check-Ups and Professional Cleaning

Regardless of how diligent you are with your at-home oral care, regular check-ups, and professional cleanings are crucial.

  • Routine Dental Check-ups: Visit Sharma Oral Surgery or your local dentist for regular check-ups. These appointments allow us to monitor the health of your implant and the surrounding teeth and tissues.

  • Professional Cleaning: Depending on your specific circumstances, your dental professional may recommend more frequent professional cleanings.

Dental implants are a fantastic long-term solution for missing teeth, but they do require proper care and attention. If you’ve any questions or concerns about your dental implant care, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Sharma Oral Surgery. We’re here to support you every step of the way on your journey to a healthier smile!