Dental Implants Can Change Your Life
Missing teeth can cause oral problems and decrease your self-confidence, but dental implants can improve these aspects of your life. Dr. Klym will use these natural-looking restorations to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full arch of missing teeth if needed.
After your implants are placed, you’ll begin experiencing the many benefits. However, caring for them is a crucial part. Discover what steps to take after receiving dental implants to ensure they last a lifetime.
The Initial Recovery Period
The entire dental implants healing process usually takes about 14 days, but the initial 48 hours is the most critical part. During these first two days, you should be extra careful to keep your mouth clean while avoiding certain activities.
To ensure proper healing, Dr. Klym recommends that you:
- Rinse with salt water 2-3 times a day
- Keep physical activity to a minimum
- Avoid smoking or consuming alcohol
- Apply ice as needed
- Implement a diet consisting of softer foods
Long-term Dental Implant Care
The longevity of your dental implants depends on how you care for them. This means following Dr. Klym’s recommended tips while being consistent with your oral hygiene routine. If you follow the provided care tips, your implants can last for many years to come–even a lifetime, depending on your habits.
Maintain Proper Oral Care
Dental implants are designed to look just like your natural teeth and can be cared for the same way as well. While the implants themselves can’t become infected by bacteria, the areas around them can. If you don’t practice good oral hygiene, you may experience gum disease or jawbone deterioration.
We suggest that you develop the following oral care routine to ensure your mouth stays healthy:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss at least once a day
- Rinse with mouthwash
- Visit Dr. Klym for bi-annual dental cleanings
What Products Are Best for Dental Implant Care?
While caring for your dental implants is the first step to maintaining your smile, choosing the right products is just as important. To avoid damaging your stunning restorations, Dr. Klym recommends using certain dental tools.
- Soft-bristled toothbrush– to keep your porcelain crowns from getting scratched
- Non-abrasive toothpaste — so that your dental implants don’t get worn down or damaged
- Nylon floss– to make it easier to remove all bacteria from between your teeth
- Alcohol-free mouthwash– so that your mouth doesn’t become dried out and attract bacteria
Follow-Up Appointments With Dr. Klym
It’s also important that you schedule follow-up appointments with Dr. Klym. During these, he’ll thoroughly clean your teeth and ensure they’re healing properly. If you have any questions about dental implants or how to care for them, contact our office at 231-774-6819 or fill out our simple contact form below to get in touch with our staff.