Dental implants have become the go-to method for replacing failing or missing teeth. As the most durable and biocompatible tooth replacement option available, dental implants provide a sturdy base for prosthetics such as dental crowns or bridges that restores oral function and improves appearance.
Following your dental implantation procedure with our oral surgeons, it is important to take aspects of your recovery seriously by following our detailed post-operative instructions. The recovery phase of treatment is important for ensuring that your implant stabilizes in the jawbone. Following are some helpful tips for protecting your new replacement teeth.
Practice Thorough Oral Hygiene
While practicing proper oral hygiene is always important for your oral health, it is even more necessary after receiving dental implants. Not only should you keep your mouth as clean as possible after any surgery in an effort to control oral bacteria growth, you should meticulously clean your teeth and gums to prevent gum disease. Developing gum disease can threaten the vitality of your implant – especially if the condition advances to the point that it affects bone health.
We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes at a time and flossing daily, preferably before bedtime. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep oral tissues hydrated.
Keep Follow Up Appointments
After an implant is placed, you will have follow up appointments with one of our oral surgeons. It is important to keep all of these appointments. These checkups are essential for monitoring the process of osseointegration, where the bone literally integrates around the titanium base of the implant.
Notify Our Team if You Notice Any Changes
If you notice any changes in sensation of the implantation site or in your overall oral health, be sure to call our office. We can help you determine if your symptoms are normal or an indication of a potential problem that needs to be checked out.
Contact any of our convenient locations today to reserve an appointment with our team at Austin Oral Surgery.