Looking after yourself following teeth replacement treatment in Epsom, Surrey
Once placed and fully integrated with the bone structure, dental implants should last for twenty years or more, providing a natural-looking and strong replacement tooth.
However, there is no denying that the treatment does require some special care in the immediate period following the procedure.
Not only will taking care of yourself during this time make for a more comfortable experience, but will also help to ensure that the new dental implant remains clean and healthy.
In today’s Clock Tower Dental Clinic blog post, we discuss what you need to do following your dental implant treatment.
As with any medical procedure, it is best if you can take a few days to rest and recover. This will not only help to keep you comfortable, but will also allow your body to recuperate and start the healing process that is so important to the health of your new implant. Even if you can’t take time from work to do this, you should ensure that you do not take part in any strenuous physical activity or anything that may contribute to damaging the site of the procedure.
It is important that your mouth remains healthy whilst the implant fuses with the bone. Failure to keep a healthy mouth can lead to infections that may threaten your implant. For a little while, you will not be able to brush the implant for obvious reasons. You can, however, help to keep it clean by using a warm (not hot) saline solution and tipping this over the surgical site. We will offer full aftercare advice and monitor the health of your implant at follow up appointments.
Some bleeding, following treatment, is natural. If you are bleeding heavily or it still persists after the first couple of days, please contact our Epsom dental practice straight away for further advice.
It is important that you do not put any undue pressure on your new implant. Avoid using that part of your mouth to chew any foods, and, in general, avoid hard foods altogether. We recommend starting with a liquid only diet for a few days, then gradually increasing to a slightly harder food diet. Foods such as mashed potatoes or soft pasta are ideal for this. Gradually, you will be able to return to your normal diet.
Once your dental implant has fully integrated with the bone and the crown has been attached, you will still need to maintain the health of your new replacement tooth as with the rest of your teeth. This requires regular care, including brushing, flossing and regular dentist and hygienist visits.
Taking care of newly placed implants is a little time consuming but well worth the effort to make sure you realise the full benefits of this exceptional tooth replacement system.
For more information about dental implants, or their aftercare, please call the Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom on 01372 720136.