Post-Operative Care for Fast, Successful Recovery
Once your dental implant treatment is complete, the first few days with your new restoration are crucial. We recommend that you:
- Stay clear of hard foods that can damage your implant. Dr. Alfano advises his patients to choose soft or pureed foods and clear liquids for the first couple of days.
- Don’t use straws, spit, or do anything that could dislodge the blood clot. Doing so can prevent the surgical site from fully healing.
- Rinse with salt water multiple times a day to clean the area around the implant and reduce inflammation. Instead of spitting the water out, try letting it flow from the corner of your mouth.
- Avoid smoking or excessive alcohol consumption — they can reduce blood flow and hinder the healing process.
Long-Term Dental Implant Care
After the initial healing process, follow these suggestions to ensure that your dental implant remains healthy and attractive for years to come.
Maintain Correct Oral Care
People often forget that your gums support your implant as your jawbone does. For this reason, Dr. Alfano encourages his patients to thoroughly remove disease-causing bacteria and food particles. If done properly, you’re ensuring that your gums, implant, and entire smile stays healthy.
Consistent oral care — brushing twice a day and flossing after meals — paves your way toward long-term dental implant success. We also recommend that our patients rinse using mouthwash following your oral care routine — this makes sure that any leftover debris or germs are eliminated.
Choose the Best Dental Care Products
One of the most sought after features of dental implants is their natural care regimen. While you can brush and floss them as you would your natural teeth, there are a few guidelines that we advise when shopping for oral care products. Avoiding products that can scratch or damage your restoration will keep it looking beautiful in the future.
- Toothbrush: Avoid irritating your gum tissue or scratching the restoration by choosing one with soft bristles. The softer, the better.
- Toothpaste: Avoid whitening products or products that contain harsh, abrasive ingredients.
- Floss: Some companies make floss specifically for patients with dental implants. You can also use nylon-coated floss because it’s designed to glide gently across your gums and against your restoration.
- Mouthwash: Avoid any that contain alcohol — it can dry out your mouth and impede the healing process.
Contact Balboa Island Dentistry for Routine Checkups
Now that you have an attractive dental implant, your routine visits to see Dr. Alfano are even more vital. During this time, he’ll thoroughly clean your teeth and examine your oral structure for any potential issues. If he finds anything, we begin treatment as early as possible to avoid further damage.