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5 Tips to Keep Your Mouth Healthy After Dental Implant Surgery

Nobody wants to lose a tooth, but life doesn’t always give us everything we want. If your mouth is one or more tooth shy of a full set, you’ve probably considered dental implants.

Going the implant route is an effective and smart solution to filling in your smile. But after the procedure is over, it’s very important to maintain your new “tooth” with proper aftercare. Here are five tips that will keep your mouth healthy and your implant in place for the rest of your life.

1. Leave the implant alone. After the dental surgery, your mouth will be sensitive and you will be tempted to disturb the area. Resist the urge to tamper or touch the implant; doing so will slow down the healing process.

2. Be mindful of what you consume. The first couple days after the surgery you should not eat or drink any hot food or drinks. It is best to eat soft, comfortable food to avoid any disruptions during the healing process. Also, try to avoid the implant area as much as possible when you eat, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash as soon as you finish a meal.

3. Expect some swelling and bleeding. Your face will be swollen for the first few days, but don’t worry—this is normal and should not be a cause for alarm. Treating the outside of your face with an ice pack will help reduce the swelling. It is also normal for slight bleeding to occur. If this happens, without disturbing the wound, place gauze in your mouth and absorb any blood for a short amount of time. The swelling and bleeding should be significantly better after a few days. If the bleeding persists or gets worse, consult your dentist immediately.

4. Keep it clean. It is extremely important to keep your mouth as clean as possible to avoid infections or disruptions to the healing process. Rinse your mouth regularly with mouthwash for at least a week following the surgery. You should brush your teeth as you normally do, but just be gentle around the affected area.

5. Practice proper oral hygiene habits. A dental implant looks exactly like a normal tooth and should be treated like one as well. You are going to want your dental implant to last for the rest of your life, so practicing proper hygiene is a must. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and correctly will ensure that all your teeth—as well as your implant—will stay healthy. And don’t forget to have regular cleanings and checkups to help prevent any other dental surgeries in the future!