Dental Implant Aftercare Guide

implant-diagramIf you’ve recently made this wise decision to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you may be curious how you should go about taking proper care of your dental implants after the procedure.

Your dentist will give you proper instructions to take care of your newly installed dental implants, and it’s very important that you follow them. The success of your dental implant ultimately depends on how well you take care of your implant. If you plan on keeping your implant for the long run, you must follow this aftercare guide:

Be sure to consume carefully. You’ll need to stick to eating soft foods for the first few days after your implants have been placed, then gradually start re-introducing harder foods as your implant starts to heal. Be sure to avoid the implant when eating, and also avoid swishing liquids around your mouth for the first week after the procedure.

Do not bother the implants. Immediately after you have your dental implant installed, you should refrain from bothering it. Agitating your newly placed dental implant will only prolong the healing process, and could potentially lead to additional issues.

Ice the affected area. Don’t be alarmed if certain areas of your face swell after the dental implant procedure; it’s extremely common. To help reduce the swelling, apply an ice pack or frozen peas covered in a cloth to the affected area. Most of the swelling should be gone within 3-5 days.

Good oral hygiene is essential. The surgery site must be kept clean and free of infection in order to heal properly. Your dentist may prescribe a medicated mouthwash you should use as directed. You can also rinse with a salt water solution 4-5 times a day. Also, be sure to brush your teeth as you normally would with a soft-bristled tooth brush and gently brush around the dental implant.

Reduce your level of activity. Keep your physical activity to a minimum immediately following the dental implant surgery. Throbbing and bleeding may occur if you do exercise, and if it does occur, you should discontinue exercising. Continue taking in normal nourishment; not doing so can weaken you and further limit your exercise.

It can take between three to six months for the dental implant itself to integrate with the jawbone and reach full strength, and another two months for the crown to be fabricated and fitted. However, this time frame varies from person to person. Your dentist should be able to give you a more accurate idea of how long it will to complete the entire treatment.

If have any questions or concerns regarding dental implants, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek at 925-934-5526 or visit for additional information.