How to care for your dental implants

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Choosing to restore the natural function and appearance of your teeth with dental implants is a good decision if you’re looking to feel confident in your smile every time you open your mouth. While your dental implant procedure may have been a success, it’s up to you to care for them in the long term and keep them as healthy as possible.

Dental implants Kent require the appropriate aftercare if you want them to last. On average they can last for decades if you follow the correct instructions of your dentist after the surgical procedure. One of the most important ways to care for your teeth is to brush and floss properly. If you can keep the area clean, especially following the surgery, you reduce the risk of bacteria getting into the implant site or any infections from occurring.

As a rule, the first 24 hours after the operation are key. Go home and take as much rest as possible. You may have been prescribed some form of pain relief by your dentist in Kent which you may need to take, along with antibiotics. Avoid smoking, exercising or driving as you will still be experiencing side effects from the general anaesthetic. Smoking can prevent the area from healing as efficiently by reducing the uptake of oxygen into the bloodstream.

While you should keep the area clean, avoid rinsing it and only choose to eat soft foods as these won’t get stuck in the implant site. After a while you may be able to use a chlorhexidine mouthwash after the first week of surgery.

Keeping your mouth clean after having dental implants placed means the healing process will be more effective and you can then have the crowns fitted.

If you decide to get dental implants, you can feel reassured when you visit the Parrock Street Dental and Implant Centre. Dr Rik Trivedi is the Principal Dentist at the practice and as a member of the Association of Dental Implantology, you can feel assured that his expertise means you’ll receive the utmost in patient care.

To find out more, please call us on 01474 537 191 an appointment. Our opening hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 8pm, Friday from 9am to 3pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

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About the author Dr Rik Trivedi

Dr Rik Trivedi is the Principal dentist at Parrock Dental & Implant Centres. He has a keen interest in Cosmetic Smile Dentistry and braces, Dental implants, Facial Aesthetics, Prevention and is very experienced in the design and placement of Cerec Same Day Crown technology.