Post Dental Implant Care
Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option offering multiple benefits. They look and function like natural teeth. Plus, they are permanently fixed in place so there is no risk of coming loose like dentures. Additionally, dental implants can potentially last a lifetime. Proper care following installation is especially important for making sure the area surrounding the dental implants fully heals and provides a solid foundation for the implants to last indefinitely. In Costa Mesa, CA, dental implants are available at Harbor Mesa Dental Care.
Caring for Dental Implants
Installation of dental implants in Costa Mesa is a surgical procedure. Since the implant is drilled into the jawbone, there will be a wound where your dentist made an incision in your gums for drilling. Following dental implant surgery, it is important to properly care for both the dental implants and the wound site.
There are several important components to post dental implant care. One of the most important things to remember is to avoid touching the wound site for the remainder of the day following surgical installation. Touching the area could disturb the wound and slow healing time. Even rinsing or spitting can potentially disturb the wound. Dentures and other dental prostheses should not be worn for at least the next ten days following dental implant surgery.
The wound site is likely to bleed on and off for about 24 hours following surgery. Swelling might occur as well. Physical activity and exercise should be limited after surgery as the movement can cause additional bleeding. Gauze pads can be used to absorb any bleeding. Ice can be applied to minimize swelling and ease pain. Over-the-counter medications for pain relief can also be taken, if needed. Take any antibiotics your dentist prescribes, as well. They will help prevent an infection from developing while the wound is healing.
For the next day or two following surgery, it is important to drink plenty of fluids, while avoiding hot liquids. Eat soft foods initially and return to your normal diet as soon as you can. Continue practicing good oral hygiene the entire time, which includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day. The area where the dental implant was installed can be brushed gently until completely healed.
Contact Harbor Mesa Dental Care for installation of dental implants in Costa Mesa, CA, or for additional information about post dental implant care. To speak with a dental implant expert at Harbor Mesa Dental Care, call their office at (714) 825-0025.