Dental Implant Aftercare – Glenpool, OK
Caring for Your New Smile
Getting dental implants makes a big difference for your oral health, but it’s important to take good care of them during your recovery. Otherwise, you might suffer from an infection or other complications that could cause you to lose your implants. After your dental implant surgery is complete, Dr. Mohanna can give you aftercare instructions that will keep your mouth as healthy and comfortable as possible. For questions about dental implant aftercare in Glenpool, contact Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry today.
Keeping Your Mouth and Dental Implants Clean
Since an incision needs to be made in your gums during implant surgery, it’s important to keep your mouth as sterile as possible to minimize the risk of bacteria entering the wound before it fully heals. Naturally, that means brushing on a regular basis; however, you should avoid directly brushing the site of the surgery for the first few days. Once the area isn’t as tender, you can very carefully clean it with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
You can reduce bacteria levels in your mouth by rinsing with hot water mixed with a teaspoon of salt; this will also help speed up the healing process during the first week. Also, you should always rinse after eating to prevent harmful food particles from becoming stuck in your mouth.
Things to Avoid While Recovering with Dental Implants
To make sure healing proceeds smoothly, avoid eating until the local anesthetic used during the surgery has worn off. (Otherwise you might bite your tongue or put too much pressure on your teeth without realizing it.) When you do eat, you’ll need to avoid anything hot or crunchy; stick to a soft food diet for the first few days and gradually work your way up to heartier meals.
Do not smoke or use any sort of tobacco product; nicotine can slow down healing and introduce infectious bacteria into your mouth. Also, avoid strenuous exercise for at least the first 48 hours after your implants have been placed. Finally, do not touch your implant with your fingers or tongue; if it moves too much, it might not join with the bone correctly.
Is There Pain After Receiving Implants?
While a local anesthetic and dental sedation can greatly reduce your discomfort during the surgery, your mouth is likely to be sore for the first few days. We can prescribe painkillers to help, although in many cases over-the-counter medications (such as those you would take for headaches) can also be effective. If there’s any swelling, you can place a cold compress over the area to keep it down. Apply the compress as needed for 10 minutes at a time.