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Dental Implant Aftercare – Greensboro, NC

Ensuring the Success of Your Tooth Replacement

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Whether you just got dental implants in Greensboro, or you’re about to have your surgery, aftercare is an important part of the process. Dental implants have a success rate of about 95%, and while failure occurs in a small number of cases, it will typically happen during the recovery time. That’s why it’s important to follow our aftercare steps closely! Keep reading to learn more about the aftercare of your dental implants. 

How to Keep Your Mouth and Dental Implants Clean

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To ensure that you have a successful and smooth recovery, it’s important to follow these aftercare tips:

  • Maintain brushing and flossing but be sure to avoid the implant site for the first few days. Then, you can begin to clean the area gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • To speed up the healing process, you can mix a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of salt to use as a mouthwash. However, test the temperature of the water before putting it in your mouth. Repeat this process as much as you can to help the implant site recover.
  • When eating, try to chew on the other side of your mouth for as long as possible after surgery. Additionally, rinse out your mouth after every time you eat to keep the area clean and unaffected.

What Should I Avoid After Getting Dental Implants?

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After your dental implants have been placed, there are a few factors that can interrupt the healing process. Once you’ve received dental implants, you should avoid:

  • The use of tobacco products until the site is completely healed
  • Eating until the local anesthetic has worn off
  • Drinking or eating hot items during the first day
  • Swilling liquid over the implant site during the first day
  • Touching the site with your tongue or fingers
  • Involved exercise during the first 48 hours

Is There Pain After Getting My Dental Implants?

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Because we ensure that our patients are numb and comfortable during the procedure, the only discomfort you will feel may be after the surgery is over. It’s completely normal to feel slight soreness, but this can be managed with painkillers that we prescribe. These should be taken during the first 2 days of recovery and then you use take over-the-counter medication afterward. If you can take the first does of painkillers before the anesthetic has worn off, then you can have a much more enjoyable recovery.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our office to speak with our friendly front desk staff.