So, you’ve finally done it! You took the plunge and now you have an oral implant or implants. Good for you!
While it could be tempting to assume that the hard part is over, you now have to know how to navigate the aftercare. Of course, while your new implant(s) cannot get cavities or succumb to decay, you need to know how to take care of them correctly, to ensure that they last a long time.
Similarly, it is important to recognise signs of infection or rejection, so your dental team can treat these issues promptly. Remember, if your implant fails, you may be able to have a similar restorative procedure, such as a fitted bridge or mini-implant, so don’t lose hope of getting that gorgeous smile that you deserve.
And so, what are the best tips to look after your newly fitted dental implants in Harley Street? Read on to fnd out!
Tip 1 – Light brushing
OK, so while it may seem counterintuitive after a dental appointment, once you have had your dental implants from Harley Street fitted, you will need to opt for a lighter hygiene regime until your gums have completely healed. Lightly brushing the area around the implant (never brush the implant directly), and using a saltwater rinse will help speed up the healing time, without aggravating the fitting.
Tip 2 – Lifestyle
If you are a smoker, you need to kick the habit for your dental implants near Harley Street to heal promptly and without infection.
Indeed, it is also wise to avoid consuming any alcohol for 2 weeks, minimise your intake of sugary foods and to also avoid spicy foods. If you take any medication, discuss any potential problems with your doctor before having your implant fitted.
Tip 3 – Soft foods only!
While it can be oh so tempting to bite into an apple with your new implants, it is best avoided until you are given the green light from your dentist.
Remember, your gums are still very swollen and while your implant is secure, it will not have bonded to the surrounding jawbone yet, meaning it is still likely to move if too much pressure is applied. Therefore, only consume softer foods, such as mash or boiled fruits, until your dentist is certain that your implants are no longer at risk of moving.
Tip 4 – Look out for problems
As with all things to do with dental work, whilst minimal, there is a risk of infection.
Look for any irregular or sudden swellings, take note of any extreme discomfort and if you feel ill or feverish, contact your team for a check-up as soon as possible..
Tip 5 – Regular check-ups!
And finally, once your implants have healed and your prosthetic teeth are placed, you will have to attend regular dental check-ups.
Even though implants cannot decay, your team will need to assess your overall oral health twice yearly, to ensure that any lapses in your oral hygiene are caught early. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Enjoy your new smile!