Dental implants are an investment in the future of your smile that requires both time and money. In order to maintain good oral health, it is essential to protect this investment. After undergoing dental implant surgery, certain steps should be taken to ensure the health of your mouth.
You may experience some tenderness in your mouth following the procedure. It usually lasts between ten and fourteen days before the tenderness subsides. It is recommended that you consume warm soup, soft foods, and cold foods during this period. Additionally, it is recommended that you refrain from smoking. While the healing time for a dental implant generally varies depending on the patient and the situation, it generally takes between two and four months for your mouth to completely heal. During this period, however, you are unlikely to experience any discomfort.
Taking care of an implant is very similar to taking care of a natural tooth once your mouth has healed. Despite the fact that implants cannot develop cavities, they still undergo the same wear and tear as natural teeth. In the event that the implant is not properly maintained, there is a risk of developing peri-implantitis, which is similar to periodontitis. Regular dental checkups, as well as brushing and flossing on a daily basis, can easily prevent this condition.
It is important to maintain good oral health by visiting your dentist on a regular basis. The areas of your mouth that are difficult for you to reach can be cleaned by your dentist. They will also be able to examine the surrounding gums and bones to ensure that they are in good health.
It is always a good idea to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly on a daily basis, as recommended by your dentist. If you maintain good oral hygiene, you will be able to extend the life of your implant. Maintaining good oral hygiene will ensure that your implants will last for the rest of your life without the need for replacement.
For more information on how to properly care for your dental implant, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.