Congratulations! Getting dental implants is a life-changing decision that can make a big difference in your smile and your confidence. There are many reasons people consider dental implants, and the patient satisfaction rate is extremely high. And caring for dental implants is a breeze, as long as you follow our simple aftercare instructions.
When you choose dental implants at Larson Dental in Prescott Valley, AZ, you can feel safe knowing you’ve chosen a team that will be there for you through the entire process—from the day of your consultation to your procedures and the last time you leave the office with your new smile, we’ll be there for you.
When your dental implant procedure is complete, our implant dentist, Dr. Larson will provide you with specific aftercare instructions. These instructions are to help your mouth heal properly. Luckily, the procedure is relatively simple, and you should not need to take anything stronger than over-the-counter painkillers for pain relief. You might find that you don’t need anything at all.
After you receive your implants, avoid rinsing your mouth right away. Try not to disturb the surgical site with your tongue or fingers. Restrict physical activity on the day of your surgery, and avoid hot drinks, alcohol, and spicy food.
A part of caring for dental implants involves practicing good oral hygiene habits at home. This is essential to successful healing. Brush and floss regularly, and consider doing warm salt water rinses or using mouthwash if Dr. Larson recommends one.
Once your mouth has healed, you should care for your replacement tooth the same as your natural teeth. If your oral hygiene habits are poor, bacteria can build up and cause inflammation. If left untreated, the inflammation can cause bone loss around your implant. Doing your part at home and visiting our office for regular cleanings and checkups is the best way to protect your investment.
Dental implants have a success rate of 98%, so complications are rare. Make sure to call us right away if you’re experiencing any issues or discomfort. Don’t attempt to fix the problem yourself, as this can result in permanent damage and set your treatment back. Dr. Larson will make sure you get the care you need as soon as possible.
To get the most out of your dental implants, Dr. Larson recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nylon floss. These will help prevent you from scratching the implant fixture or irritating your gums. You’ll also want to avoid any brands of toothpaste that contain abrasive ingredients, such as whitening gels. Finally, it’s a good idea to rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash after you brush and floss.
Dental implants are generally regarded as being medically necessary due to their function of allowing you to eat, as well as supporting the surrounding teeth and facial structure. This makes insurance more inclined to cover such a procedure, but every insurance plan is different. We recommend calling your insurance company to make sure an implant procedure is covered.
At Larson Dental, our friendly team would love to talk about your best options for restoring your smile. To learn more about the dental implant process and aftercare, call our Prescott Valley office at 928-237-9064 or fill out our online contact form today. We look forward to meeting you!
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