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Looking after dental implants: tips from our experts

October 20, 2023

Dental implants have transformed the lives of countless individuals by restoring not only their smiles but also their confidence. However, with this newfound confidence comes the responsibility of caring for your dental implants to ensure their longevity and maintain optimal oral health. In this blog post, we’ll share valuable tips from dentist, Dr Gary Price on how to look after your dental implants.   

The Process

Dental implants can last as long as natural teeth so long as they’re looked after. The process involves replacing missing teeth with artificial tooth roots and then crowns. Where necessary, tooth extractions may take place, after which small holes are drilled into the jawbone where the implant is secured in place and the gum is sutured over the implant site.

Immediate Aftercare

Once the implants have been placed, you’ll be able to go home when you feel ready. It is important to rest until the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off and you should avoid strenuous exercise or activity. Some of our tips for the first few days include eating soft foods at a lukewarm temperature, keeping the mouth as clean as possible and rinsing it with a recommended mouthwash a couple of times a day, taking any antibiotics or medications that may have been prescribed and avoid consuming hard or chewy foods. 

Maintain Your Dental Hygiene

The initial healing of the gums can take between 7-10 days, by which time cleaning will become much more comfortable. One of the most crucial aspects of caring for dental implants is maintaining a good level of oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing are just as important for your implants as they are for your natural teeth. Use a soft or medium-bristle toothbrush, brush twice a day and be sure to floss at least once.

Attend Your Check-Ups

Scheduled check-ups with dental professionals are essential. These visits allow your dentist or hygienist to monitor the condition of your implants, identify any potential issues, and provide early intervention when necessary. Regular cleaning will also help to prevent gum disease, which can jeopardise the stability of your implants.

Consider Your Diet

A balanced diet plays a significant role in maintaining healthy gums and strong jawbones, which are essential for the stability of your dental implants. Ensure you’re consuming enough calcium and vitamin D to support bone health and avoid sugary food and drinks where possible.

Avoid Harmful Habits

Certain habits, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, can negatively impact your oral health and the longevity of your dental implants. Smoking, in particular, increases the risk of implant failure and complications, so avoid cigarettes or look into alternatives such as nicotine patches.

Address Clenching and Grinding

Teeth grinding and clenching, also known as Bruxism, can pose a threat to your dental implants. If you exhibit these habits, consult with your dentist prior to your treatment about using a mouthguard to prevent damage to your implants. This could result in pain or potential displacement during the healing process. 

Book an appointment

Dr Gary Price has been placing dental implants for over 20 years and receives referrals from dentists all over the South West for implant-related treatment and is a Key Opinion Leader for two worldwide implant companies.  If you feel you could benefit from dental implants or are ready to start your implant journey, book a consultation today. 

Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile, but it’s paramount you look after them. Here are some top tips from our expert dentists.