Dental implants are made from biocompatible materials such as titanium used to replace dental roots in the event of tooth loss. These are very helpful in preventing bone loss and maintaining your facial structure. Care for your dental implants is very important and it starts post-surgery. Here are some tips for taking care of dental implants:
- Avoid eating post-surgery. Cold drinks are only permissible until the effect of the local anesthesia subsides.
- Use cold compress to reduce swelling and pain medications to alleviate the discomfort felt. Take prescribed medication such as antibiotics, religiously.
- Avoid strenuous activities 48 hours after the surgery to prevent reopening of the surgical wound. Small bleeding is normal, however excessive and persistent bleeding should ne reported immediately to your dentist or oral surgeon.
- Avoid chewing on the side where the surgery was performed. Keep the area always clean. You can use warm salt rinses to speed up the healing process.
- if you use prosthesis over the implant, wear it as little as possible for the first few weeks after the surgery.
It is important to care for your implants for them to last longer. Cleaning depends on the prosthesis that is used over the implant.
- Fixed prosthesis: For cemented prosthesis, it should be cleaned thoroughly as you would with your natural teeth. Brush behind the teeth to clean the abutments and if possible also floss around the abutments.
- Removable prosthesis: After removing and cleaning the prosthesis, brush the gums and the abutments (implants). Do not forget to floss around the abutments.
You should visit your dentist regularly to check on the status of your implants, prosthesis fitting and the total condition of your oral health. Professional clean-ups are also necessary during these dental visits.