You Just Got Dental Implants! Now What?

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Your New Smile

If you've recently had dental implants placed, congratulations! You're on your way to enjoying a beautiful, functional new smile. Here's what you can expect in the days and weeks following your implant procedure.

Immediate Post-Op Instructions

After dental implant surgery, following your dentist's or oral surgeon's post-op instructions is vital. This will help ensure a smooth, successful recovery.

In most cases, you'll be able to return home shortly after your procedure. Once you're home, be sure to:

  • Rest
  • Use cold compresses
  • Take any pain medication as prescribed
  • Eat soft foods
  • Brush your teeth gently and avoid flossing near the surgical site
  • Rinse your mouth with saltwater
  • Attend all follow-up appointments as scheduled

Short-Term Care

Taking good care of your dental implants in the weeks and months following your surgery is essential. Proper care will help ensure a successful outcome and avoid any complications.

Be sure to:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Floss daily, taking care to avoid the surgical site.
  • Quit smoking (if you actively smoke). Smoking can interfere with healing and increase the risk of implant failure.

Long-Term Care

Once your dental implants have healed and you've adjusted to your new smile, you'll be able to care for them just like natural teeth. Be sure to brush twice daily, floss regularly, and visit your dentist or oral surgeon for regular checkups and cleanings.

With proper care, your dental implants can last a lifetime!

Attending Follow-Up Appointments

It's important to attend all follow-up appointments after your dental implant surgery. These appointments allow your dentist or oral surgeon to check your healing progress and ensure everything goes as planned.

If you have any questions or concerns, bring them up at your follow-up appointments. Your dentist or oral surgeon will be happy to address any concerns you may have.

The Details Are in the Design at Dentistry By Design

At Dentistry By Design, we understand that no two smiles are alike. That's why we take a personalized approach to dental implant care, ensuring that each treatment plan is custom-designed to meet your unique needs!

If you're considering dental implants or have any questions about your post-op care, we invite you to contact us online or by calling (931) 771-8500.

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