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Having dental implants fitted can be life-altering. For many people, it can be a truly life-changing procedure and so once your dental implants in Plymouth have been fitted it’s important that you know the best ways to keep them squeaky clean.
How to take excellent care of dental implants
For most surgery you need to make sure you are keeping the treated area as clean as possible. Keeping all bugs and bacteria at bay will be paramount in making sure you don’t end up with the area becoming infected which can be seriously damaging to your implants.
Once you have your surgery – you need to get cleaned as soon as possible. All your regular teeth can be cleaned that night. Use a soft bristle brush and take it easy, make sure to avoid the surgery site for the first few days.
Using a mug of hot salted water is a great way to keep your mouth clean – it’s also super beneficial to healing the surgery site. Make sure you are not using boiling water to swill with but wait until it’s warm. Do this two to three times a day when in recovery from the surgery.
This one is super tricky but try your best to keep food away from the surgical area for as long as you possibly can. Chew on opposite sides and avoid any particularly chewy foods like toffee or hard crunchy fruits. Make sure to give your mouth a good rinse after eating.
It is highly advised that you do not smoke after the procedure – particularly when the area is healing – smoking has a huge impact on healing.
Post-Surgery frequently asked questions
Are there things I should avoid after having my dental implants in Plymouth fitted?
Be super aware of all you are eating and drinking. Drinks that are either too hot or too cold will disturb the area of surgery and will likely feel super uncomfortable – if you can stick to water for the first few days.
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Also, avoid hard-to-eat foods or any food that is piping hot. It is recommended that you don’t partake in any strenuous activity for 48 hours post-surgery as this can cause the area to bleed.
Will I be in pain? This is a hard question to answer because everyone is different and every case is unique. It is likely you will be sore for a few days but your dentist will advise you on the best way to combat this will be. It’s worth noting if post-surgery you are experiencing more and more pain and swelling you should contact your dentist as soon as possible or even call 111.
Will there be lots of bruising and swelling? It’s likely you might have a little of either or both – it shouldn’t ever be too bad but again every case is unique. We recommend making sure you have ice packs at home to help with this as cold can help reduce swelling.
If you have any concerns about side effects after surgery you should always get in contact with your dentist who will be able to give you more information on your case.