Your Guide to Post-Operative Dental Implant Care
After receiving your dental implants, it’s imperative to practice good oral hygiene habits and avoid certain activities to ensure your new beautiful teeth stay healthy for years to come.
The first 48 hours after dental implant surgery are the most crucial in a successful recovery. That’s why it’s important to learn the proper way to clean, maintain, and care for your new tooth restoration. To make it easier, Dr. Conness has put together a patient-friendly guide to help you navigate through proper post-operative dental implant care.
When beginning your at-home care, cleaning is one of the fundamental steps in ensuring healthy, long-lasting dental implants. This is especially important in the days immediately following surgery.
Because your implants are prosthetic teeth, there’s a few key points to keep in mind:
Caring for and maintaining your dental implants during the first 48 hours after surgery is pivotal to a favorable recovery. Symptoms are more pronounced, and you’re likely to feel minimal pain or discomfort during this time.
To assist in a smooth recovery and avoid any complications, make sure to follow these tips:
Dr. Conness advises patients to continue caring for your mouth after the second and third days following the procedure. If you’re experiencing dry lips, sore throat, or stiff jaw muscles, there’s no need to worry. These are completely normal symptoms of using gauze immediately after implant placement surgery.
Even if the surgical site is healed, it’s important to continue following the appropriate dental implant care guidelines — specifically, practicing good oral hygiene and scheduling regular check-ups with Dr. Conness. It’s also beneficial to change your diet by incorporating less acidic foods, softer foods, and nutrient-rich beverages.
One step that can’t be emphasized enough is that it’s crucial to schedule post-operative appointments with our office. It’s essential to the health of your dental implant, and it allows Dr. Conness to clean and inspect your teeth to ensure everything is recovering as needed.
If you’re ready to transform your smile, fill out our convenient contact form or give us a call at (815) 324-2250 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Conness. We’ll be more than happy to help you through the process and answer any additional questions you may have.