Ahead of dental implant surgery, it can be hard to not think about just how much your quality of life is about to restore. However, you’ll also want to keep in mind the maintenance measures you’ll need to take in order to keep your All on 4 dental implants for the rest of your life. Take a look at some of the top things you can do to get the most of your dental implants.
What You Can Do at Home
Though there will be things they share in common, your long-term care routine for your dental implants and restoration will look a lot different from the aftercare steps you’ll need to take in the first few days immediately following implant placement surgery.
Here are some of the key aftercare tips your dentist will advise you to follow in the first 72 hours after your implant surgery:
- Replace your gauze if needed. Your dentist will use gauze to slow bleeding at the implant site and help the area clot. If your gauze because too bloody, be sure to replace it and to keep pressure on the site.
- Use ice to keep the swelling down and painkillers, such as ibuprofen, to minimize discomfort and help with the inflammation as well.
- Take extra care will brushing your teeth. Avoid spitting, smoking and straw usage.
In just a few hours, the implant site will clot and the bleeding will stop. And in just a few days, the swelling and tenderness will subside. After your mouth begins to feel normal again, you can start to focus on long-term care:
- Use a Waterpik to blast away food particles
- Floss twice daily to remove stubborn food particles
- Clean your gums and restoration using a sulcus brush
- Use a hydrogen peroxide-based mouthwash to breakdown any remaining food particles or bacteria
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