How to Care for Dental Implants to Ensure a Happy, Healthy Mouth

Dental TreatmentDental implants are an increasingly popular method of replacing missing teeth. They provide a long-term solution to tooth loss, and create the most realistic tooth replacement in terms of both action and appearance.

The Centre For Aesthetic Periodontics and Implantology Limited in Kent offers both simple and complex dental implants procedures, designed to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth, no matter how you came to lose them.

Implants replace the roots of missing teeth. Made from titanium and placed in direct contact with the jaw bone during a small operation, dental implants actively support bone growth, which means they form a natural-like bond with the bone and provide a very stable support for new teeth – crowns, a bridge, or a denture.

Having suffered the indignity and stress of tooth loss once, you won’t want to go through the same thing again with your dental implants. Fortunately, it is easy to take care of your implants and new teeth. As with natural teeth, good dental hygiene forms the basis of a healthy and happy mouth for life.

As soon as your implants are placed, your dentist will give you detailed aftercare instructions for the healing period. This includes:

  • Avoiding touching the implant site with your tongue or finger
  • Not eating or drinking until the local anaesthetic has worn off
  • Avoiding food or drink that is excessively hot or cold immediately after surgery
  • Eating soft foods for the first few days whilst the gums heal
  • Using over-the-counter painkillers and ice packs to manage short-term discomfort, bruising, or swelling
  • Using any mouthwash as advised by your dentist

It won’t take long for your gums to heal, and whilst you should still be cautious you will quickly be able to build up to a normal diet.

When your implants have fully integrated with your jaw bone, they will be permanently restored with replacement teeth. Like natural teeth, these new teeth can build up plaque if not cleaned efficiently, but luckily it is not hard to keep your new teeth clean.

Your hygienist will advise you how best to brush/floss your new teeth. Crowns and bridges should be brushed like natural teeth, at least twice a day, whilst dentures can be cleaned in the normal way.