There are several tooth replacement solutions for patients who have missing or severely damaged teeth. One of the most popular options is dental implants!
Dental implants consist of a biocompatible artificial tooth root and an accompanying crown. After a consultation to make sure you have sufficient bone density to support a dental implant, the implant will be surgically implanted into your jawbone. Then, you will need a recovery period of several months before we can attach your restoration.
Here are some tips to care for your smile after dental implant placement:
- Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
- Eat Soft Foods
- Visit Your Dentist for Routine Checkups
Maintaining good oral hygiene is critical following dental implant placement. Gently brush your teeth twice a day, rinse with an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash, and floss every day. These steps will promote healthy gums, which are necessary to support your new implant.
After any oral surgery, it’s normal to experience some bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Stick to soft foods for several days to avoid irritating your surgical sites. We recommend foods like scrambled eggs, yogurt, applesauce, bananas, blueberries, mashed potatoes, and pasta. Avoid straws, tobacco products, very hot liquids, spicy foods, and hard and crunchy foods, like pretzels, nuts, chips, and crusty bread.
Regular checkups with your dental implant dentist will ensure you are staying on track with healing. Your team can provide personalized advice on oral health habits that are affecting your recovery and answer any questions you may have.
Are You Ready to Enhance Your Smile with Implants?
Sean Abidin, DDS, and Vaness Cao, DDS, offer permanent dental implants for patients looking to replace missing or damaged teeth. This restorative treatment can change your compromised smile for the better! If you’re interested in learning more, please contact our office to schedule a consultation!