Dental implants are a tried-and-tested way of supporting false teeth with a small metal screw. This is placed into the jawbone to act as the root of the tooth.
Dental implants can last for a very long time – but just like your teeth – it is important that you take care of them. Dental Implant aftercare is extremely important, if you want to keep your mouth looking and feeling healthy.
Here are a few tips for caring for your teeth after an implant treatment:
If local anaesthetic has been used in your dental implant treatment
Your dentist will explain the procedures and give you advice regarding the processes of the procedure. It is fairly common that local anaesthetic is used to block the pain receptors in you mouth, this means that you should feel no discomfort when being treated, even though you will be awake in the procedure. The local anaesthetic usually lasts for about 3 – 4 hours, in which time you should try to avoid drinking hot or very cold drinks. Also, please try to refrain from eating or chewing foods until the numbness has worn off. Not chewing until the numbness has worn off is recommended, so that you do not cause accidental harm to the inside of your mouth.
Medication and pain relief
If you feel like you are experiencing some pain from your treatment, please feel free to take pain relief or antibiotics if they have been prescribed. However, do seek professional help if your pain continues for a prolonged amount of time.
Daily dental implant treatment aftercare
- For the first couple of weeks it is beneficial if you try to avoid sticky or extremely hard foods. Avoid adding unnecessary pressure to your new dental implant by eating soft, nutritional foods that won’t harm the integrity of the implant.
- It’s important to take as much care of you dental implant, as it is for your own teeth. As well as brushing your teeth two times a day, using mouthwash will also help to keep the area around the implant from becoming unclean. It is important however that you only brush very gently around the implant for the first month.
Avoid Smoking and Drinking alcohol with a new Dental Implant
It is important to try an avoid drinking alcoholic beverages for at least for two weeks after the treatment, so the tissue surrounding the new implant has time to heal. Try to avoid smoking for at least 3 days before the treatment and for at least two weeks after. The chemicals in cigarettes can cause the initial healing stages of the tissue to repair a lot slower. This also makes it more susceptible to other negative reactions such as infections.