After dental implant treatment, it’s important to learn how to clean and care for your implants. Ensuring that your implants are healthy can prevent problems like implant failure. Implant failure occurs when the dental implants are unstable and cause pain and discomfort. Failure can occur if the implants do not fully fuse with the jaw bone or if there is an infection around the implants. Here we will review tips to care for dental implants after treatment in our Baltimore, MD, dental office.
Caring for Dental Implants in Baltimore, MD
Follow these tips to keep your implants healthy and ensure that your implant restorations last for many years to come:
Eat Soft Foods
Directly after you receive your dental implants, avoid sticky, hard, or crunchy foods. Also, avoid hot foods or beverages, as they can irritate healing tissues. 3 to 4 days after you receive your implants, you can begin to eat more normally.
Brush and Floss
You can care for your implant restoration by continuing to floss and brush. Directly after you receive implants, you will need to clean your healing caps as you wait for your restoration. Lightly clean the caps with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Do not use an electric brush, as this can irritate the area.
If you have single dental implants, brush around and under your crown. You can also use an oral irrigator or tape floss to clean between the dental crown and natural teeth. Some patients benefit from a water flosser or interdental brush, especially if they have larger restorations like dentures. If you have a removable overdenture, use a denture cleaner to soak your restoration. You can use a denture brush to clean the underside of the denture and rinse the restoration in water before placing it back in your mouth.
Note Wear or Injuries
If you have an overdenture, make sure that the locator caps and o-rings are in good shape. Please let us know if you notice any changes in the comfort of your implant or restoration. If you damage your crown, bridge, or denture, contact our office. We examine patients’ smiles at regular dental appointments and will look for signs of damage or wear on the implant restorations.
Limit Alcohol and Tobacco
Did you know that alcohol and tobacco can impact healing implants? We ask that patients refrain from smoking or using tobacco products, or drinking alcohol during the implant process because patients may be prone to implant failure. Nicotine restricts the blood vessels, which also impedes the implant healing process. Alcohol also increases the amount of time it takes for wounds to heal, impairing the implant process.
Do you have questions about the implant process? Are you unsure how to care for your implants? Call Cosmetic and Advanced Dentistry today at (410) 697-6290 or request a dental appointment with Dr. Ed Lazer on our website.