Dental Implant Care: Best Practices You Should Follow

Dental Implant Care: Best Practices You Should Follow

One of the major benefits of having dental implants is that they look and work just like your natural teeth. At Castle Rock Dental, Dr. Bronecki and Dr. Sullivan do their best to make sure you are happy with your dental implants.

Part of making sure you stay satisfied with your implant is learning to properly care for your dental implants. From single implants to dentures, it is important to know how to care for your implants to ensure they last and you stay healthy.

Be Careful Around These Things With Dental Implants

In the first couple of weeks post-dental implants, you will want to be careful what you eat. It is recommended that you:

  • Stick to a liquid diet or soft foods
  • Avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods
  • Make sure your food is room temperature
  • Ice your gums to reduce inflammation (do not chew)
  • Do not use a straw for at least 3 days post surgery

After two weeks, you should not have any eating restrictions. However, there are things you should avoid or cut back on to help keep your implants in good condition.

  • Alcohol – Can stain your teeth, which may cause your implant to stain differently than your natural teeth. Also, the high sugar content in most kinds of alcohol can be very corrosive to your teeth as well as encourage bacterial growth.
  • Smoking – Like alcohol, the nicotine in a cigarette can be very damaging to the color of your teeth. It has been also linked to the development of other oral-related diseases.

Oral Care For Your Dental Implants

Some people may think that oral care is less important when they have dental implants. But it is perhaps even more important to care for these investments in your oral health as they can become vulnerable in different ways than natural teeth.

Some of the things you should do as you care for your oral health:

  • Toothbrush – A soft bristle brush is important to keep your teeth healthy and intact. A hard bristle brush can abrade your teeth too much, so make sure you are using a toothbrush with soft bristles. You can use either a manual toothbrush or an electric, either will work out well.
  • Floss – Flossing becomes even more important with dental implants. If your gums become inflamed from food lodged between tooth and gum, bacteria can slip more easily under your gums. Be careful to floss after every meal, even if you can’t manage to brush your teeth after every meal.
  • Mouthwash/rinse – To keep the bacterial population down and rinse out any dislodgeable food, be sure to rinse after every meal. You can use either anti-bacterial mouthwash or just a simple saltwater rinse. Whether you have full denture implants or single dental implants, rinsing is a great way to keep your mouth healthy.

Caring for your dental implants doesn’t have to be much more work than caring for your natural teeth. Just be sure you avoid the trap of thinking that they take less care than natural teeth.

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