Taking care of restored permanent denture implants is similar to caring for normal and natural teeth. Individuals with implants are strongly advised to keep them clean. Cleanliness is achieved by brushing and flossing twice daily.
Like with natural teeth, cleaning your permanent denture implants is particularly essential after eating. Use gentle motions when brushing the implants, paying particular attention to each side of the implant.
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Good Oral Hygiene
Dental professionals highly suggest that everyone must practice good oral hygiene before, during, and after getting dental implants.
What Are Permanent Denture Implants?
Missing teeth is no longer a problem, thanks to dental implants. They are used to, no pun intended, fill the empty space in your mouth because of missing teeth – that may be leaving you insecure and self-conscious.
Whether your missing or damaged tooth is caused by bad oral hygiene, facial or sports injury, or oral complication, permanent denture implants can give you the boost of confidence you need.
Implants and Natural Teeth
Your natural teeth and dental implants are similar in a way: they both depend on healthy gums for support. They can also develop plaque if you don’t practice good oral hygiene. It’s essential to remove any plaque build-up because it can later turn into an infection.
If left untreated, oral infections can result in bone loss around the dental implant and could progress to losing the actual implant.
It’s critical to schedule a routine dental check-up. This helps in cleaning your teeth and making sure you don’t develop any plaques that can lead to an infection. As you know, you should always brush your teeth and floss at least twice a day. Remember also never to use your teeth – whether it’s your natural ones or the permanent denture implants like scissors or to open or tear anything.
Regular brushing and flossing will usually do the job. Also, there’s no need for any special dental treatment or products; your toothbrush, a good toothpaste, and dental floss are all you need. If you take good care of your teeth, you can avoid costly dental work and treatment down the road.
Is There Any Food You Can’t Eat When You Have Denture Implants?
Even with dental implants, you can still enjoy and consume all your favorite foods. You don’t have to worry about the implants loosening or falling out when you chew your food.
However, for the first two days following the procedure, dentists recommend a liquid diet. This diet means you can only eat liquid foods such as ice cream, yogurt, gelatin, pudding, soup, etc. Consuming these type of foods will help avoid food particles from getting in contact with the wound.
By the third day, you can start eating semi-liquid foods such as eggs, soft pasta, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, banana, etc. You can return to your regular diet after the first week. However, it will help if you avoid hard and crunchy foods like nuts, popcorn, and chips for at least a week after the procedure. Also, smoking and drinking alcohol should be avoided.
Post Dental Implant Procedure
For optimal healing and recovery, we’re going to share with you some things to expect and what to do in the first two weeks after your dental implant surgery.
Bleeding and Swelling
Following the dental implant procedure, small amounts of periodic bleeding and swelling are expected. You can control the bleeding by keeping firm pressure on the area where it bleeds.
A dental surgical assistant will give the patients a gauze pad immediately after the procedure, which the patient should bite steadily.
Once the patient gets home, he or she can get rid of the gauze pad. Continue biting on a new moist gauze for 20 to 30 minutes. If after this time there is still bleeding, contact your dental office and let them know what’s happening.
As for the swelling, you can help minimize it by applying an ice bag on the cheek. If you don’t have an ice pack, you can use a towel or plastic bag filled with ice. Do this for 20 to 30 minutes.
Then remove it, and do it again for another 20 to 30 minutes for the first 24 hours. While this may not completely get rid of the swelling, it can help minimize it.
You can also use an extra pillow as an elevated headrest for the first two nights after permanent denture implants placement.