If you have recently made the wise choice to replace your missing or severely damaged teeth with dental implants, or have just received new implants, I’m sure you’re wondering about how to properly care for them after the procedure.
Of course, your dentist will give you proper instructions on how you should care for your newly-placed dental implants, and it is vital that you follow them. The success of your dental implant relies on how well you care for them. If you’re planning on keeping your implants for a lifetime, you must be sure to follow an aftercare guide. The following includes aftercare tips that will help your ensure your dental implants heal properly:
- Do not bother your dental implant. It’s vital that you refrain from bothering your dental implant immediately after having it placed. If you agitate the implant, it will prolong the healing process and could lead to additional issues.
- Make sure to consume carefully. After having dental implants placed, you should stick to eating soft food for the first few days, then start to reintroduce harder foods as your dental implant heals. You should also avoid chewing with your dental implants and swishing around liquids in your mouth for the first week.
- Ice the affected areas. Your face may swell in certain places, however, don’t be alarmed as this is completely normal. You can help reduce the swelling by applying an ice pack wrapped in a cloth to the affected area. Most of the swelling should be gone within 3-5 days.
- Practicing proper oral hygiene is essential. It’s important that you clean the affected area where the dental implant is placed. The surgery site must stay clean in order for the implant to heal properly. Your dentist will prescribe you a medicated mouthwash – be sure to use as directed. It’s also very important that you use a soft bristled tooth brush when brushing your dental implant.
- Be sure to reduce level activity. You must reduce your level of physical activity immediately following dental implant surgery. Throbbing and bleeding can occur if you do choose to exercise, and if it does you should stop working out immediately. Keep in mind you aren’t taking in the same nutrients as you normally would, and that can further weaken and limit you exercise efforts.
It can take between three to six months for dental implants to fuse with your jawbone, and it’ll take another two months for the replacement tooth or crown to be fabricated and placed. However, the healing time varies with every patient. Your dentist will be able to give an accurate time frame as to how long the entire dental implant process should take.
If you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today or visit our website at www.wetzelperio.com for additional information.
Dr. Wetzel proudly welcomes patients from New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York and Carlisle.