Dental Implant Aftercare – Tallahassee, FL
What to Know After Your Implant Treatment
Whether you’re thinking about dental implant treatment to replace missing teeth or you just got out of surgery, you can expect your new smile to last for many decades without concern. However, like any long-term investment, you’ll want to make sure you take proper care of it moving forward. If you are unfamiliar with what dental implant aftercare in Tallahassee looks like, Dr. Rasmussen is here to answer your questions. If you have yet to set up an implant consultation or you need to complete a follow-up exam for your current implants, give our office a call!
Make Oral Hygiene A Priority
It’s true that dental implants hold restorations that are made from inorganic material (porcelain), which means they cannot develop decay like natural enamel can. However, that does not mean you can skip your oral care routine. Bacteria can still attack the gum tissue surrounding the implant, further proving the importance of maintaining brushing and flossing every day.
To ensure the best oral care routine possible, make sure to:
- Brush twice a day for at least two minutes at a time
- Use fluoridated toothpaste to kill cavity-causing bacteria
- Floss once a day to remove food debris stuck in between teeth (and from the area underneath the implant-retained restoration)
- Use an optional oral rinse for added protection
- Make sure not to brush too hard as this can cause gum recession
Protect Your Dental Implants
Dental implants are made from high-quality, durable, and lifelike porcelain to ensure the best longevity possible for your tooth replacement. However, that does not make them indestructible. Much like natural teeth, implant-retained restorations need to be regularly protected from forced sudden trauma or long-term habits that can break them down. This includes injuries that could occur while playing contact sports or habits like teeth grinding and clenching (also known as bruxism.)
The good news is you can easily avoid permanent damage to your replacement teeth by wearing a mouthguard or nightguard, depending on your needs. Ideally, you’ll want to choose a custom-made nightguard as they are far more effective at protecting teeth, last longer, and feel more comfortable overall compared to store-bought solutions. Our office will gladly partner you with a trusted dentist in the area to design your future oral appliance.
Schedule Regular Recall Visits
Even if there are no issues with your dental implant, it is still crucial that you maintain routine follow-up appointments with our office immediately after your implants are placed. These visits are separate from the routine exams and cleanings you are already doing every six months. Not only can Dr. Rasmussen confirm the health of your dental implant, but he can also make sure if there are any signs of trouble that need to be addressed.
Once your implant is placed, we need to make sure that the healing process goes as planned and that your mouth does not reject the implant after it’s attached to the jawbone. Furthermore, we want to confirm that no underlying symptoms (i.e. inflammation, swelling, gum recession etc.) are present, all which are signs of a dental infection caused by the implant. Even though this is unlikely to occur, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry.