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Dental Implant Aftercare – Frederick, MD

Proper Recovery for a Longer-Lasting Smile

The entire process of receiving dental implants is lengthy. Unlike other restorative methods that can replace missing teeth within weeks, it can take up to 6 months to achieve a fully restored smile with implants. If it takes so long, why it is such a popular solution? Because it works, and it is worth the wait. Once in place, you will undergo dental implant aftercare in Frederick for a span of 3-6 months. Why so long? The reason is that your implants must have enough time to properly fuse to your bone and surrounding tissues. This is what creates a stable, solid foundation for your restoration. So, what can you expect during this recovery time? Read on to find out what tips and recommendations our team at My Frederick Dentist will provide to ensure a faster, more successful aftercare experience.

How to Keep Your Mouth and Implants Clean

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You’ll need to take proper precautions when it comes to your oral hygiene after having your dental implants placed. Some helpful tips include:

  • Don’t brush around the area of your surgical site(s) the first few days after placement. Over time, you can begin to gently brush this less tender area with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Instead of using an alcohol-based mouthwash, opt for hot water and a teaspoon of salt. This will help with the healing process during the first week. Be sure the mixture is not too hot when swishing it around in your mouth. You can repeat this process multiple times to encourage faster healing.
  • If possible, remember to chew on the other side of your mouth and rinse after eating.

What to Avoid After Receiving Dental Implants

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There are several things you will want to avoid after replacing your missing teeth in Frederick with dental implants, some of which include:

  • Smoking or using any type of tobacco products, at least until your surgical sites are fully healed (although this is highly unadvised)
  • Eating anything until after the anesthetic you received wears off
  • Touching or prodding at the surgical sites
  • Eating or drinking anything hot on the first day
  • Vigorous exercise within the first two days

The Possibility of Pain After Having Implants Placed

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It is not uncommon to experience some discomfort after having your implants surgically placed into your jawbone. The first few days may require you to take an over-the-counter pain reliever and use a cold compress; however, this will dissipate with time. If we prescribe any medications, make sure to take them as instructed. Take a pain reliever ever so often for headaches or discomfort throughout treatment is fine, just be sure to read the label to prevent overuse.

When taking a prescribed painkiller, remember to take it before your anesthesia fully wears off. This will help to stave off much of the discomfort.