You have just received a brilliant smile restoration with dental implants–now what? Caring for your implants effectively is just as important as the process involved with placing them. What should you do to better care for your new smile?

Many patients worry about pain or extended healing times after implant placement. While placing a dental implant is a substantial procedure, you should not expect any prolonged discomfort. In fact, many patients return to normal activities with a few days. You should wait longer to re-engage in exercise or any rigorous activities. Any bleeding or seeping should stop within 48 hours of surgery. If you experience any abnormal discomfort or bleeding, contact our office right away.

Before you receive your final restoration, treat any temporary you are given carefully. These are designed to help protect your implant as it heals and to facilitate normal eating, but they are also only meant to be temporary. They can become damaged or come loose if used improperly. Continue to brush and floss as normal, and refrain from biting or chewing crunchy or sticky foods with them.

Once you have received your final crown or permanent bridge, continue with your normal oral hygiene routine. One of the benefits of dental implants is that they require no special care. They can’t develop decay, but bacteria and plaque can still accumulate on restoration surfaces and contribute to issues such as gum disease. By brushing and flossing effectively, you can prevent future issues. With proper care, your implants are designed to last a lifetime.

If you receive implant-supported dentures, be sure to remove them for cleaning every day. Avoid scrubbing them with a stiff brush, as this can cause scratches and other damage. We recommend soaking them overnight in water or a denture cleaning solution. If your new appliance experiences damage such as a crack or chip, contact Lawrence Periodontics, LLC immediately. Don’t attempt any repairs yourself.

If you have any questions about receiving dental implants in Lawrence, Kansas, our team is eager to speak with you. Call 785-312-3820 today to schedule your appointment with our periodontist, Dr. Jeffrey C. Hambleton.