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If you’ve recently received dental implants or are planning to do so, you’ve made a good decision. Implants can be very important for helping correct smile and tooth function issues, and can bode well for your oral health for the rest of your life.

At the offices of John D. Stark, DDS, we provide only high-quality dental implants to all our patients who require them. We also provide important expertise when it comes to the care and maintenance of your implants after they’ve been installed. There are several important areas to consider here – let’s take a look at some of the most vital.

Basic Hygiene

The first and simplest care task for your dental implants are to make sure your dental hygiene habits remain – or become – high-quality. We recommend brushing with nonabrasive bristles for at least the first few months after getting implants, and many of our patients find they enjoy these more anyway – they keep the mouth healthy without being too harsh on your implant or any of your natural teeth.

In addition, make sure you’re flossing daily. Dr. Stark will always be able to recommend a specific type or brand of floss based on the kind of implant you have, and he can even recommend a floss threader that will be right for you. He can’t make you use these items, however – whatever motivation tactics you need here, put them into place and create a daily flossing schedule. In addition, if mouthwash isn’t part of your normal routine, make it one.

Things to Avoid

There are a couple items or groupings we recommend you avoid, certainly for the first few months and ideally whenever possible after getting implants:

  • Picks: If you use solid devices to pick at your teeth, we highly recommend avoiding plastic or metal materials here. These can scratch the surface of your implant, which weakens it and promotes bacteria development. If you do require a pick, we can recommend a water pick instead.
  • Foods: You should take caution with foods that may damage the implant or other nearby teeth, including popcorn, apples, nuts, rice and other items that can get between teeth or cause damage from biting too hard. Instead, prioritize softer foods, especially directly after your surgery.
  • Temperatures: Most commonly found in beverages, extremely cold or hot temperatures should be avoided in the mouth following dental implant surgery. Ice, in particular, can be damaging to implants. You should wait at least a few weeks, and possibly longer, to eat or drink anything with extreme temperatures.

Possible Symptoms Requiring Attention

If you have any of the following complications after your dental implant surgery, call our offices immediately:

  • Oozing blood from the surgery site that is not helped by medications
  • Significant, unexpected pain or swelling
  • Post-operative nausea

For more on how to care for your mouth after dental implant surgery, or to learn about any of our family dental services, speak to the staff at the offices of John D. Stark, DDS today.