Taking care of your dental implants may seem odd at first, but we would like to emphasize that the long-term success of an implant and the dental crown requires a thorough daily oral care and a lifetime commitment to its maintenance. If food and germs accumulate around the implants, bad breath will not be your only concern: the gum may get red, swollen or tender, you may lose bone around the implants – even after bone augmentation – and eventually the dental implant itself.
Taking care of dental implants
The good news is, however, that there is no need for daily removal and soaking overnight of the dental implant supported tooth replacement as in the case of traditional removable dentures, which provides a completely natural feeling when wearing and cleaning the bridge or crown fused to the dental implant. What you need to do and what you should avoid after the oral surgery in order for your dental implant retained tooth replacement to remain healthy will be explained in this article.
You may read about the importance of ongoing care and a basic daily maintenance routine for your dental implants as part of our blog series in the following article.
After the oral surgical procedure
Following an invasive surgical intervention as the placement of dental implants, the surgical site requires a certain number of precautions which we ask you to respect especially during the first few hours after leaving the dental clinic:
- try not to touch or suck the surgical site,
- do not eat while under local anesthesia (it may take up to 2-5 hours),
- take painkillers as advised by your oral surgeon,
- take antibiotics if necessary and prescribed,
- avoid any dairy products and eggs for a couple of days,
- consume soft but not spicy or too hot food,
- try not to rinse with liquids after the intervention to prevent bleeding,
- use a mouthwash carefully from the day after,
- use a cold compress if you experience any facial swelling (put it back in the fridge for reuse),
- do not do sports or heavy lifting,
- do not spend time in a thermal bath or sauna,
- quit smoking if possible for a few days,
- avoid consuming alcohol and coffee,
- you may clean the wound using a very soft tooth brush from the following day,
- protect the wound from excessive force the following week,
- try to eat on the other side of your jaw,
- sleep on your other side or your back at least the night after the surgery,
- do not remove the clot that forms on the wound (it allows a rapid and balanced scaring),
- do not blow your nose too hard in case you have been operated on the upper jaw,
- it is not advisable to drive a car immediately after the operation,
- inform your surgeon if you experience any abundant postoperative bleeding, tremendous pain or fever.
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