Dental Implant Aftercare – What You’ll Need to Know
Whether you undergo surgery for dental implants in Richmond, you’ll be told that implant after care is vital to the success and longevity of your new teeth. As such there are certain things that you need to do in order to ensure that they last. With this in mind, let’s take a look at dental implant after care and what you’ll need to know.
The longevity of an implant if fitted properly can last you the rest of your natural life once the implants have successfully integrated with the bone. However implant longevity may well be affected by the wearer’s overall health, oral hygiene and nutritional intake. In addition to this, nicotine and alcohol also play a significant part in the life of an implant.
One of the good things about implants is that after they have been fitted, they look and act just like you normal teeth, which means that there aren’t any foodstuffs that you need to avoid. However there will be an integration period. This is the time taken for the bone tissue to fuse with the implant thus making it much stronger and far more stable. Bone fusion takes somewhere around 3 months, depending upon the individual. During this time it’s vital to avoid anything requires a lot of chewing. So avoid things like toffees, nuts, sweets, apples, and certain meats. Instead foods such as fish, rice, pasta, soup and smoothies are ideal during this phase of the healing process.
Oral Hygiene procedures
If you undergo a procedure for a dental implant in Richmond, Dr Harmit Kalsi and his team at Sheen Dental will give you information on the best way to prevent bacteria build up and keep your mouth healthy. Generally speaking and once fully healed, this means regular brushing and flossing two or three times a day, as you would normally. This can be done using a soft toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste There are no special cleaning materials needed, although a good quality mouthwash may also be ideal, and as they are a permanent fixture, you don’t have to worry about removing them at night.
The first few months after implant surgery is vital, so your dentist will schedule regular check-ups with you to make sure that your implants are acting and behaving the way that they should and that they stay healthy.
If you’re interested in having dental implants in Richmond or the surrounding areas, then you really should speak to Sheen Dental. Dr Kalsi and his team have been successfully fitting dental implants for many years and using the latest methods and technologies they continue to offer a wide range of cosmetic, restorative and preventative dentistry methods. Why not call us today on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk and let us help you to bring back your missing smile.