Congratulations on your new smile! Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime; however, proper care is essential to ensure their longevity and effectiveness. Just like your natural teeth, dental implants require regular dental check-ups and thorough oral care.
At All Smiles Dental in Bromley, we offer constant support and aftercare instructions to all our patients once implant surgery has been completed. Our experienced dentists can guide you in post-operative care and by following some basic guidelines, the function and appearance of your new dental implants will be maintained for years to come.
After the surgery
Immediately after your implant surgery, you should be extra careful in order to avoid infection and speed the healing process. Although your gums will be sore from the operation, you should still brush your teeth with a gentle toothbrush, being careful not to omit the area around the dental implants. Your dentist will give you a special mouthwash to help eradicate harmful oral bacteria, but it’s also advised to rinse your mouth with warm saltwater several times a day.
If you experience pain, swelling or soreness, you should follow a soft diet for a few days. Although you can add in more foods as your dental implants heal, you are advised to avoid very hard foods for a few weeks. Pain will not be an issue since your dentist will prescribe pain medications for the first few days, but if your dental implants are sore a week after the operation, then you should visit your dentist. Post-operative bleeding can be reduced by biting on wet gauze or moist teabags, while inflammation will go away after two or three days. Our experienced dentists will be at your disposal to provide further guidance in the first days after your implant operation.
Once your gums have fully healed, your dental implants will be part of your mouth and you should take care of them as you would for your natural teeth. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once. Special brushes and dental devices are available for the hard-to-reach areas of your implant restorations.