Dental implants are typically placed in an outpatient procedure. They heal and fuse to the jaw bone over a period of several weeks or months. Our dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions to help you take care of both your implants and your teeth during the healing period. You may need to avoid certain foods and activities to reduce the risk of disrupting the healing implants and increasing the risk of complications.
Some things to avoid include:
1. Hard or crunchy foods
A softer diet is recommended to avoid injuring the implant site. Do not use a straw for about a week.
2. Delaying or skipping doses of medicine
If you are prescribed antibiotics or pain medication, take these exactly as prescribed. The entire course of antibiotics should be completed.
3. Overdoing it
Your daily activities can be enjoyed as tolerated, but avoid strenuous exercise immediately after surgery.
4. Skimping on dental hygiene
A clean mouth is critical to healing. Use the recommended mouthwash as prescribed. Brush your teeth as directed, but avoid the surgical site until cleared to clean that area.
Once you have healed, your implants will function just like your other teeth. However, you do still need to care for them with good dental habits. Call us today to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental implants in North Hollywood.