What to do before and after getting Dental Implants

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Restoring your smile from a broken state can be an exciting time. Given the time and energy required to get dental implants, you want to ensure the procedure is a complete success, and minimize potential complications. To help you achieve the best results, here are a few things to do before and after getting dental implants.

Pre-Surgery: Prepare

Before your implant surgery, your oral health should be at an optimal level. Your gums should be healthy and show no signs of irritation or redness, which could indicate the presence of gum disease. To maintain good oral health, you should brush your teeth twice per day, floss at least once daily, and visit your general dentist in Bellevue at Spektor Dental for checkups and cleanings at least twice per year.

Post-Surgery: Recovery

The implant process begins by making an incision in the gum tissue where the implant will be placed. This area may be tender and sore the first few days. If sutures are placed, they will be removed within seven to 14 days following your implant surgery. Bellevue implant dentists at Spektor Dental recommend a diet of soft foods for the first few days. Saltwater rinses will help keep the surgical area clean. Also, you may be prescribed antibiotics to help reduce the risk of infection, which, although rare, is the number one cause of implant failure. It is essential that you take the medication as prescribed and finish the entire bottle.

Oral hygiene is essential, and you can resume your oral care routine the day of surgery. Maintaining good oral health care habits may reduce the probability of complications and support a successful implant surgery. Following your procedure, it is safe to resume your regular oral hygiene routine. However, take care not to brush directly over the surgical area.

After the implant post has been placed, it may take three to six months for the jawbone to completely heal before it is ready for the final step – placement of the abutment and dental crown. Approximately six months is needed to allow the jawbone to heal and for the implant to fuse properly. After the healing process, you return to our office for impressions that are used to fabricate the dental crown. A final appointment allows us to attach the abutment and the crown.

Post-Surgery: Maintenance

Once all phases of the implant process are complete, it is time to focus on the long-term care of your dental implant. While dental implants are resistant to decay, gum infections are still a possibility if you neglect your teeth and gums. You should brush and floss your dental implant just like you would your natural teeth. It is essential that you floss under your dental implant to remove bacteria and debris that could otherwise cause gum irritation or infection. Medina implant dentists at Spektor Dental also recommend that you receive twice-yearly dental cleanings and checkups. At these visits, we will assess your oral health, along with your dental implant, for any changes that may need to be addressed. With proper oral care, your dental implant could last a lifetime.

Dental Implant Dentists in Bellevue

If you would like to see if you are a candidate for dental implants, call Spektor Dental today at (425) 454-1322. You could be on your way to a complete, confident smile! Our implant dentists serve the areas of Bellevue, Medina and Newcastle.