Patients who have dental implants fitted often ask whether they require special care. Truth is that the daily care of dental implants is very similar (if not identical) to the care of natural teeth, since both should be kept clean and plaque-free. However, dentists often give their patients special post-operative instructions to ensure that dental implants heal successfully over time.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Unlike other tooth replacement options, they have the ability to fuse into the jawbone, creating a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth such as crowns, dentures and bridges. In London, dental implants are available in many dental practices, such as Moor Park Dental. Patients with dental implants should follow the specific care instructions they were given by their dentist or contact them for further questions. Here are a few basic guidelines on how to take care and maintain dental implants in London.
Postoperative care and maintenance
After the surgical procedure, which is done under local anaesthesia or sedation, a dentist will place a gauze over the implant sites in order to control bleeding. Pressing down on a few gauzes is enough to stop bleeding, however, if bleeding continues for a few hours after the operation, patients are advised to contact the dentist, as this may be a sign of infection.
Most patients will feel minimal pain or discomfort after the operation, but this can go away easily with prescription drugs or simple painkillers. However, be careful not to place the drugs directly on the gum tissue since it they can burn it. Patients are recommended to eat a diet of soft foods and drinks in the first days after the implant operation and are advised against using a straw for a few days. Gradually, they can re-introduce solid foods into their diet, being careful not to chew in the area of the dental implants.
Initially avoid brushing or flossing the dental implants, but brush and floss the rest of the teeth normally. As soon as sensitivity goes away, patients are strongly advised to brush and floss their dental implants in order to avoid the accumulation of plaque and bacteria in the long run.