The Aftercare of Your Implants Matters
Dental implants are a permanent solution that can completely restore your smile after it’s been affected by tooth loss. Your dental implants are an investment that can last a lifetime with proper postoperative care.
Once your implants have been placed, Dr. Carley will ensure you know how to care for your implants immediately after surgery as well as provide you with long-term tips.
Following Proper Post-Op Guidelines
Within the first few days of recovery, being cautious and aware of your surgical site will help ensure it heals properly and efficiently. Dr. Carley recommends that you:
- Eat cautiously and avoid hard foods for the first week after your procedure.
- Refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol because it can impede your healing process.
- Don’t spit or use a straw that will apply unwanted pressure on the implant.
- Wash out your mouth with warm salt water two to three times a day to reduce inflammation.
A Good Hygiene Routine
Taking care of your oral health is extremely important whether you just have one dental implant or several implants across your arch that supports a denture. Even though the implant or restoration won’t get infected, the supporting tissue and bone still can.
If you neglect your dental health, it can increase your risk of infection around your dental implant, causing a condition known as peri-implantitis. This disease can cause bone loss, which will lead to a loose and failed dental implant.
It’s crucial to keep up with consistent oral care to ensure success with your dental implants. Luckily, you’ll generally follow the same hygiene routine as you would with your natural teeth, however, there are some differences in the products you should use.
Choosing the Right Implant Products
When finding new dental products for your new smile, you want to get ones that won’t irritate your gums or scratch your beautiful restoration. Dr. Carley says you should consider these tips to help your implants and restoration sustain their beauty for years to come.
- Buy a soft-bristled toothbrush that won’t scratch your smile
- Find a toothpaste that doesn’t contain harsh ingredients like whitening toothpaste
- Use nylon coated floss or specially made implant floss
- Rinse with a mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol
Regular Exams & Cleanings
By visiting our Santa Barbara office twice a year for your professional cleanings and exams, our team will help ensure your restored smile is built for lifelong success.
Dr. Carley will be able to keep an eye out for any possible problems with your implants, gums, or natural teeth. If you notice any issues at home, give us a call right away so you can come in and get it checked out right away.