Achieving and Maintaining Your Radiant Smile
Congratulations on your brand new smile, courtesy of our restorative solution! You can now enjoy your favorite foods, speak with confidence, and smile freely. However, it’s wise to be aware that your actions can influence the success and longevity of your dental implants.
Consider the Long-Term Care
Maintain Good Oral Care
Taking care of your teeth and gums is vital to achieving good oral health. While the implant post itself cannot become infected or decay, the surrounding tissue plays a vital role in supporting the implant. Bacteria and food particles can lead to peri-implantitis, causing potential bone loss and implant instability.
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 percent, dental implant complications are rare. If something goes wrong with your dental implants or you’re experiencing severe discomfort, call your implant dentist right away.
Don’t attempt to fix the problem yourself, as this can result in permanent damage and set your treatment back. Your implant dentist 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. Most patients should wait three to six months post-surgery for complete jaw healing. 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 dental implant procedure?
After implant placement, stick to soft, easy-to-eat foods to ensure a smooth recovery. For the initial two weeks post-procedure, steer clear of crunchy, tough, chewy, acidic, spicy, and sticky foods, as they can impede your healing process. Some foods we recommend for after your surgery are:
- Cold soups
- Scrambled eggs
- Yogurt or Jell-O
- Mashed potatoes
- Soft or melted cheeses
Also, remember to stay well-hydrated and avoid chewing near the implant site until it’s fully healed.
What steps can I take to minimize dental implant failure?
After your implant surgery, your implant dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions. To minimize the risk of implant failure, you should adhere to proper oral hygiene practices, avoid smoking, and attend regular check-ups.
Schedule Your Biannual Check-Ups with Dr. Hobbs!
As always, you should visit our Longview office twice a year for your regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleanings. At these appointments, our team will ensure 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 welcome new and returning patients in the Longview, TX area, including Gladewater, Marshall, Lakeport, and many more!