At Lovesmile, not only do we ensure that our implant dentists are continually trained in order to be up to date with the latest developments, but we also put a great deal of emphasis on ensuring that our patients are well educated in how to care for their newly placed implants too. This is important as whilst dental implants are an excellent choice to replace a missing tooth, they do need appropriate aftercare. Under no circumstances, should it be thought that because the implant is artificial, no care is needed.
Tips for caring for your dental implants come under two broad categories: habit and hygiene.
Food intake during healing period
Healing period is the time taken for the bone tissue to fuse with the implant thus making it much stronger and far more stable. Bone fusion takes somewhere around 3 months, depending upon the individual. During this time it’s vital to avoid anything that requires a lot of chewing. So avoid things like toffees, nuts, sweets, apples, and certain meats. Instead, foods such as fish, rice, pasta, soup and smoothies are ideal during this phase of the healing process.
It is very important that you don’t smoke around the time of implant placement & healing and it is hugely beneficial to stop smoking altogether as this will increase the long-term health of the tissues around your implants, making for a long-lasting, secure tooth.
Another habit that is best avoided is tooth grinding. Many people grind their teeth when they are stressed or when they’re sleeping. If you know you have this problem (bruxism) it is best to speak to your dentist about having a mouthguard made to wear at night to protect your implants from unnecessary stress.
Once your gums have fully healed, you will care for your implants just like you care for your natural teeth. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once. Although implant-supported restorations are not subject to decay or discoloration, the surrounding teeth can still get cavities. Even if you have a full implant-supported denture, proper hygiene can prevent gum disease. With proper aftercare and hygiene, your dental implants could last the rest of your life.
The first few months after implant surgery is vital, so your dentist will schedule regular check-ups with you to make sure that your implants are acting and behaving the way that they should and that they stay healthy.
At Lovesmile we will give you detailed instructions for proper after-care following your dental implant surgery. Moreover, our team at Lovesmile will be pleased to answer any questions that patients may have about dental implants.
If you are looking for a dental implants procedure in Liverpool, Merseyside contact today at 0151 709 5454 or make an appointment online.