One of the most important aspects of post-op dental implant care is keeping the implants clean. Keeping the implants clean can help prevent infections and promote healing. Here are some tips for cleaning your dental implants:
In addition to cleaning your dental implants, there are several other important steps you can take to maintain the health of your implants and ensure that they last a lifetime, including:
Yes, once the implants have fully healed, you can eat normally. You may need to avoid hard or crunchy foods for the first few days after the surgery to prevent any damage to the implant site. After the healing period, you can eat normally, and the implant will function like a natural tooth.
The healing time for dental implants varies from person to person, but typically it takes about 3-6 months for the implants to fully integrate with the jawbone. During this time, it is important to follow the post-op care instructions provided by your dentist and attend regular check-ups to ensure that the healing process is progressing as expected.
Yes, you can brush and floss your dental implants as you do with your natural teeth. This helps to remove any food particles and plaque and keeps the implants clean. It is important to use a soft-bristled brush and to floss daily to maintain the health of your implants. Regular dental cleanings with your dentist can also help keep the implants clean and healthy.
You do not need to follow a specific diet after dental implant surgery, but it is important to eat a well-balanced and nutritious diet to support the healing process. For the first few days after the surgery, you may need to avoid hard or crunchy foods to prevent any damage to the implant site. After that, you can eat normally, but it is recommended to avoid overly sugary or acidic foods, which can damage the implants and your natural teeth. It is also important to stay hydrated and avoid drinking alcohol and carbonated drinks, which can slow down the healing process.
At St. Louis County Dental, our top priority is ensuring that our patients receive the best possible dental care and outcomes. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing comprehensive post-op dental implant care to our patients. Our experienced dental team will provide you with the information and guidance you need to care for your dental implants and maintain optimal oral health. If you have any questions or concerns about dental implant aftercare, please do not hesitate to contact us at 314-762-6784 or fill out our contact form.
We’re always here to help and support our patients in achieving their best smiles. Call us today to schedule a follow-up appointment and start your journey to a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth!
Dr. Barry Brace
St. Louis County Dental Partnership
469 S Kirkwood Rd
St. Louis, MO
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