Improving your smile with cosmetic dental procedures is a great way to improve your oral health. Now that you have taken steps to improve your smile, it’s important that you care for your implants properly to ensure that your investment is well protected. Weston Dental Office has some dental implant care tips to help you maintain your bright smile.
Practice Good Dental Hygiene
Following your dental implant procedure, it is important that you maintain your oral health. Practicing good oral hygiene habits is the best way to keep your implants in pristine condition. It takes time to establish good habits, but if you make proper dental hygiene a top priority, your overall dental health will improve.
Our dentists suggest brushing your teeth with nonabrasive toothbrushes. This will help to protect the enamel on your natural teeth as well as help protect your dental implants. Flossing is another necessary habit that everyone should employ. Dental implants are commonplace, and our dentist can recommend several suitable brands. You may also use a floss threader if traditional flossing is difficult. Your gums are what give your dental implants a firm base, so it is important to pay attention to your oral care habits to ensure they stay healthy.
Implants are made to last a long time, but that doesn’t mean they are indestructible. You should avoid using hard metal or plastic toothpicks to prevent marring the surface. Damaged implant surfaces can allow bacteria to breed in those bad areas for your oral health. Water picks are a gentle way to remove food and plaque without damaging your teeth.
Antimicrobial mouthwash is an effortless way to eliminate germs and plaque in the oral cavity. Mouthwash can also get to those hard to reach areas that are often missed by flossing and brushing.
Skip Toxic Food & Drinks
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing or damaged teeth. Although they are not made of organic material, they can still be damaged by harmful food and drinks. Hard foods like popcorn and candies, as well as fibrous foods, can get stuck between your teeth or chip the surface.
Shortly following your procedure, you should also avoid very hot or very cold foods. They can cause pain or inflammation to sensitive gums. Instead, stick to soft foods and drinks that are room temperature until your gums have had a chance to heal. Even after you have healed, it is important to take care when eating risky foods.
Get Help with Complications
Even if you follow all of your dentist’s directions and are careful with your implants, complications can arise. If you notice any of the following, you should make an appointment with us immediately:
- Post-operative nausea
- Bleeding from the treatment area
Some discomfort is expected right after your procedure, but if these symptoms persist for more than 24 hours, seek help. In the meanwhile, you can apply ice, saltwater or hydrogen peroxide to the affected areas for temporary relief.
How Cosmetic Dentists Can Help
Are you considering having a dental implant installed? Do you need help with an existing implant? The experienced dentists at Weston Dental Office are on call when you need us the most. You can reach us at (416) 247-1928 to set up an emergency appointment or to seek a dental implant consultation.