The success rate of dental implants continues to rise, increasing the likelihood that each new dental implant patient will keep their restorations in for the rest of their lives. However, diligence in your daily dental routine is still required if you want to keep your dental implants in for the rest of your life. Take a look at some of the things you can do to improve the chances you won’t have to have your full arch dental implants replaced or repaired in the near future.
Care Tips for Full Arch Dental Implants
After your implants have been placed, your dentist will go over aftercare instructions with you again and then send you on your way until it’s time for your next check-in. Much of the aftercare guidance you receive will carry over into the months and years to follow.
Here’s a high-level look at the aftercare instructions your dentist will likely recommend for your post-implant placement care:
- Ice the implant site in 15-minute intervals, with about ten minutes or so between applications. This will help expedite the time it takes the swelling to go down.
- Take ibuprofen to mute the pain. For many people, stronger painkillers simply aren’t necessary.
- Be especially careful when brushing any remaining teeth you may have. Use a sulcus brush to carefully clean the implant site or sites.
The following tips will apply to your home dental care in the short and long-term:
- Brush your restorations with a standard or electric toothbrush
- Use a sulcus brush to gently clean the implant sites, being especially careful during the months the implants are still heal
- Floss twice each day to remove any food particles stuck between your teeth
- Use a Waterpik to clean between your restorations and beneath your dental implant bridges
- Use an antibacterial rinse to breakdown any remaining food particles and bacteria left in your mouth after brushing and flossing
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