Dental implants are strong, attractive restorations that will replicate the look and feel of your natural teeth. They’ll restore your missing teeth while boosting your self-confidence.
The longevity of your dental implants depends on how well you maintain your oral health. Your new smile may last a lifetime if you follow our simple guide to caring for your implants after the procedure, as well as long-term.
The Initial Recovery Period
After you receive dental implants, it’ll take about two weeks for them to fully heal. However, it’s important to take extra care of them during the first 48 hours following your procedure to avoid infection. Keep in mind that it’s normal to feel minimal soreness and discomfort.
Follow Dr. Spector’s tips to aid with the healing process:
- Rinse with salt water 2-3 times a day
- Keep physical activity to a minimum
- Apply ice if inflammation occurs
- Eat a soft food diet (i.e soup, smoothies, mashed potatoes)
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
Make Sure Your Implants Last a Lifetime
Dental implants allow you to eat all your favorite foods and smile freely in any situation. Although they won’t decay like natural teeth, complications can occur if proper care tips aren’t followed. If you follow Dr. Spector’s guidelines, your smile can last you a lifetime.
Maintain Proper Oral Care
Taking care of your dental implants after the procedure is the most crucial part of maintaining your beautiful smile. We recommend brushing twice a day with a non-abrasive toothpaste, flossing at least once a day with nylon coated floss, and rinsing with an alcohol-free mouthwash.
It’s also essential that you follow up with Dr. Spector if you’re experiencing any complications and have your implants examined.
Choose the Best Dental Products for Dental Implants
Caring for your dental implants is a crucial part of maintaining your beautiful smile, but choosing the right products is equally important. Some kinds of toothpaste contain abrasive materials that are used for whitening your teeth, but these will scratch your dental implants. Make sure to choose a non-abrasive toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles to ensure your implants remain flawless.
Additionally, choosing the right floss is essential as well. Nylon-coated floss is a good choice because it glides easily between your teeth and is gentle on your gums. To ensure you don’t dry out your mouth, we recommend using an alcohol-free mouthwash.
Following up With Dr. Spector
Like natural teeth, your dental implants need to be thoroughly examined by Dr. Spector at least every six months to ensure they’re creating healthy stimulation for your jaw. Contact us at (201) 429-9758 to learn more about dental implant care.