Caring for Your Dental Implants
You got your brand new smile thanks to our restorative solution, but now what? Well, you can enjoy your favorite foods, speak normally, and smile freely without hesitation! However, many of our Longview patients aren’t aware that they can affect the success of their dental implants.
In order to help ensure an easy recovery after your procedure and to prolong the life of your new smile, follow this implant care guide that’s full of recommendations from Dr. Hobbs. He’s proud to provide his years of expertise and is passionate about providing patients in Longview, TX area as well as areas including Gladewater, Marshall, Lakeport, and many more!
Consider the Long-Term Care
Once you’ve fully recovered from your surgery, knowing how to properly care for your dental implants will assure that they radiate beauty and feel comfortable for a lifetime.
Maintain Good Oral Care
Taking care of your teeth and gums is vital to achieving good oral health. Many patients think that because they have dental implants, they don’t have to keep up with a proper oral hygiene routine.
Although your implant post or restoration can’t become infected or decay, the surrounding tissue can affect the supporting bone. If bacteria and food particles aren’t thoroughly removed from your mouth each day, they can infect your gums and lead to peri-implantitis. This disease will cause bone loss which may loosen your implant causing it to fall out.
A complete oral hygiene routine is the best way to clear out any bacteria and ensure that you’re doing everything you can to maintain good health. For the success of your implants, follow these three simple steps:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Flossing once a day
- Rinsing your mouth out with mouthwash at the end of your routine
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do if there are any complications with my dental implants?
With a success rate of 98%, dental implant complications are rare. If something goes wrong with your dental implants or you’re experiencing severe discomfort, call our Longview office at (903) 371-0295 right away. Don’t attempt to fix the problem yourself, as this can result in permanent damage and set your treatment back. Dr. Hobbs will make sure you get the care you need as soon as possible.
How long will my dental implants take to heal?
The dental implant process usually takes around two to nine months, depending on your specific treatment plan. Typically, most patients need to wait three to six months after their implant surgery for their jaw to fully heal. Patients who need supplemental procedures or who are receiving multiple implants at the same time may require additional time for the healing process.
What can I eat after the procedure?
After your implant fixture is placed, you’ll want to stick to soft foods that are easy to eat while you go through the healing process. Foods that are hard or chewy can upset the surgical area and set your recovery back. Some foods we recommend for after your surgery are:
- Cold soups
- Scrambled eggs
- Yogurt or Jell-O
- Mashed potatoes
- Soft or melted cheeses
It’s also important to stay well-hydrated and chew away from the implant site until it’s fully healed.
What food should I avoid after my dental implant procedure?
For the first two weeks after the procedure, Dr. Hobbs recommends avoiding these types of foods as they can set you back and interfere with your healing process. You should avoid:
- Crunchy (chips, popcorn)
- Tough (steak, raw vegetables)
- Chewy (gummies, bread)
- Acidic (citrus, vinegar)
- Spicy (salsa, hot peppers)
- Sticky (gums, taffy)
Your Biannual Check-Ups with Dr. Hobbs
As always, you should be visiting our Longview office twice a year for your regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleanings. At these appointments, our team will assure your smile looks beautiful and that your implants remain in good condition.
If you have any questions about your healing process or long-term care for your dental implants, call our office today at (903) 371-0295 to speak with one of our team members or fill out our convenient online contact form, we’ll reach out to you. We’re proud to provide services in Longview as well as the surrounding communities.