Aftercare of your dental implants is crucial after your procedure. There are a variety of measures you should take to ensure your dental implants are properly cared for.
The South Hills Dental Arts experts have put together some aftercare tips to help you keep your dental implants healthy and clean.
Aftercare Immediately Following The Dental Implant Procedure
Aftercare begins as soon as the procedure is over. One major thing you need to do is avoid any hot drinks or foods. We recommend sticking with cool water and foods. Our experts will be able to provide you with a timeline of how long you need to stick with cold foods and drinks.
In addition to avoiding hot foods and drinks, you also need to avoid touching the area with your fingers and tongue. You also must avoid eating all solid food until your local anesthetic wears off. Sipping on cold water can help ease your discomfort and swelling for the first 24-48 hours. Sipping also helps to prevent disturbing your surgical site even further.
What Types of Foods Can I Eat After My Dental Implant Surgery?
After your dental implant surgery, it is recommended that you stick with high-protein, soft foods that are easy to chew. We recommend foods such as:
You will need to avoid hard, crunchy, and chewy foods such as nuts, croutons, chips, pretzels, raw apples and carrots, chewy bread, and sticky candies.
More Dental Implant Aftercare Tips
Swishing Warm Water to Remove Food Debris
After eating, you will need to slowly swish your mouth with warm water 5-6 times per day, especially after you eat. This will help clear food debris from your mouth without needing to constantly brush around the surgical site.
Brushing Around the Surgical Site
When you do brush your teeth the day after surgery, you need to be extra gentle and avoid brushing the surgical site. At this point in your dental implant recovery, the surgical site will not be able to withstand the toothbrush bristles.
Avoid Antibacterial Mouthwash
Until your oral surgeon clears you to use them, you need to avoid using an antibacterial mouthwash. The ingredients in these mouthwashes may be too harsh for your mouth following surgery, particularly if you have exposed jawbone tissue.
Have Questions About Your Dental Implant Recovery? Contact us Today!
At South Hills Dental Arts, we are happy to answer any questions you may have when it comes to recovering from dental implant surgery. Contact us today to learn more!
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