Like natural teeth, dental implants are prone to scale deposits that can alter their condition and increase the risk of infection. Different treatments are to be performed right out of the clinic, then daily afterwards. These need to be done regardless if you’re taking medication. Certain risky choices should also be avoided in order to maximize your healing and to guarantee a longer life for dental implants.
What to do after you leave the clinic?
The beginning of care begins right after the operation with the first medication. It’s important to strictly adhere to all the prescriptions that have been given to you. They make it possible to ease the pain as well as the risk of infection which could impact the anchoring of the implants in the gums. At the end of the procedure, take advantage of the remaining effects of anesthesia to take your pain medication. You must also drink plenty of water to maintain a good level of hydration (do not use a straw).
Afterwards, you will probably be tempted to look at the results of the operation. Do it with your eyes only and don’t pull the lip all the time! It is important to avoid touching the area with your fingers so as to reduce the risk of infection and not to interfere with the anchoring process of the implant. Take the analgesics that you have been prescribed.
What are some risky behaviors to avoid?
Taking care of your dental implants is not just about having a good oral routine and following your prescriptions. Here are some tips that will help you protect your implants and minimize the risk of peri-implantitis.
Adapt your posture and your position
After leaving the clinic, we always recommend that our patients avoid sudden movements and positions with the head extended. At bedtime, we recommend placing a pillow under your neck. This will help reduce swelling and bleeding.
Eat the right foods
At mealtime, we recommend eating soft foods and not eating too much sugar or too many spices. Prioritize fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C. They are full of antioxidants that protect cells from free radicals, stimulate cell regeneration and promote collagen synthesis. Eat more foods rich in animal and vegetable protein. Their amino acids help to create and repair the cells and tissues that make up your gums.
We have made a series of smoothie recipes to complement your menus and boost your healing. Do not hesitate to go take a look!
Avoid as much as possible cigarettes and alcohol
Smoking and alcohol are not recommended during your healing process. Their consumption exacerbates pain and inflammation. Smoking and alcohol also reduce the production of red and white blood cells essential for healing and fo the elimination of bacteria.
Keep an exemplary oral hygiene
You probably know the drill: brushing twice a day and using dental floss are your best allies. Be careful when brushing and rinsing. The surgical area should not be touched within ten days of surgery.
See our tips to prepare yourself before your operation by clicking here.
Source: American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society How Smoking Affects Healing