Dr. Johnson

Dental implants have many benefits, including increased durability and comfort. That is why the dentists at South Hills Dental Arts provides implants for his patients. In order to get the most out of your implants, it is important to take care and maintain them appropriately.

Know What To Expect

For most cases, there are many stages of the process of placing dental implants. This might require several surgeries, especially if you need bone grafting or other work to allow for the implant. It is important to discuss with your dentist or oral surgeon what to expect during the healing process. It is common to have some discomfort. In the days and weeks following the procedures, be sure to do the following:

• Take painkillers when needed.
• Take care with food, opting for soft foods.
• Reduce swelling with a cold compress.
• Maintain a clean mouth.

At-Home Maintenance

Once you have fully healed, you still want to be sure to take care to maintain your dental implants so that they last as long as possible. With the right care, the dental implants can last a lifetime. Although implants are not susceptible to cavities like the rest of your teeth, it is still important to do basic oral hygiene. This means that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Soft bristles are better than hard bristles. Do not forget to floss, especially as this helps reduce any infection around the dental implant. You might also want to use other tools:

• Water flosser
• Mouth guard at night
• Antibacterial rinse

Routine Dental Visits

You also want to have routine visits to your dentist to ensure that your implants remain healthy. The dentist will also screen the rest of your teeth and mouth to catch gum disease and other issues in the early stages to reduce the need for further implants and surgery. Contact our office to schedule an appointment today.