Dentist, Troy MI: Caring for Your Dental Implants
Dental implants are a big investment in your oral health. They are a great replacement for bridges, partials and dentures. For our Troy dental patients, implants are a way to have a beautiful healthy smile, without having missing teeth or a dental fixture that is removable. However, these fixtures do require care and sometimes care that is different than what you’ve done with your natural smile in the past. This is especially the case for the first few days after having implant surgery. If you are preparing for dental implant surgery here is what you need to remember about caring for your mouth and your new implants.
Before you come to our dental office in Troy for your dental implant surgery, you will want to do a few things to prepare. The first thing that we recommend is that you don’t skip meals, especially breakfast, and drink plenty of water. You will want to feel comfortable and not have to worry about a hungry stomach or being thirsty. Eating breakfast and staying hydrated will also help your body handle any pre-surgery pain killers and antibiotics that we may have prescribed or recommended. If we have prescribed an antibiotic, make sure that you follow the instructions and take it when we’ve suggested. This will reduce your risk of infection after surgery. Finally, please make sure that you brush your teeth prior to arrival, this will also reduce the risk of infection.
Dental implants can be a fairly invasive procedure, and will very likely cause you some pain and discomfort during the few days following the surgery. It is during this time that we recommend that you closely follow our instructions for follow up care, to avoid causing damage to your implant location or getting an infection. Do the best you can to keep food from the incision point. Food in the incision location is a sure way to get an infection. Also, watch for bleeding. Some bleeding is normal, but if you notice bleeding that won’t stop, please call us or go to the emergency room. As far as keeping your mouth clean, brush gently around the implant location, and avoid swishing liquids over the implant location. You may notice bruising and some swelling. This is normal, and can be easily managed with ice and over the counter pain medications. If we’ve prescribed an antibiotic to help keep infection away, do not deviate from the instructions for taking this medication. An infection will slow your recovery and can cause serious damage if it gets into the incision site and to the bone.
This is the easy part of having a dental implant. Once you’ve healed, the great thing about your new dental implant is that it will require the same kind of care as the rest of your teeth. To keep your new tooth or teeth looking great, brush twice a day, floss, and make sure you are visiting us twice a year for check-ups and x-rays. One thing that we do recommend is that you avoid toothpastes that have abrasive whitening agents. These can leave tiny scratches in your new tooth, which over time will cause staining and can be a great place for bacteria to grow. While your new implant is made to be strong, just like your natural teeth they can break, so avoid chewing hard foods like ice and hard candy, and don’t use your teeth like tools.
Dental implants are a great option for replacing missing or damaged teeth. They become a part of your jaw and can help keep your mouth and smile strong and healthy. When cared for properly, dental implant surgery can be relatively easy and will result in a beautiful new tooth.
For More Information on Caring for Your Dental Implants or About Troy Dentist, Paul Mansky, DDS
Troy Dentist, Dr. Paul Mansky and his staff know how important it is for you to have a beautiful smile. If you need dental work or would like to visit our Troy Dental Office for a routine checkup, call us at (248) 689-5508 to schedule a dental appointment.