As stable and durable as natural tooth roots, dental implants have become a natural choice to permanently replace teeth that have been lost to injury or decay. But successful dental implant surgery depends as much on proper aftercare as the surgery itself. At The Dental Implant Place, Steve Brown, DDS, has provided hundreds of Fort Worth patients with dental implant surgery; he also equips them with the knowledge and tools to avoid infections and ensure that their implants perform to their utmost potential.
How Can I Avoid Infection After My Dental Implant Surgery?
As with any surgery, the threat of infection is one of the biggest risks during the post oral surgery healing process. There are several precautions that a dental implant patient can take to help prevent infections and promote an optimal healing environment.
- Take Care With Foods: Starting in on your normal diet immediately after surgery can spell disaster, reopening surgical wounds and making them more vulnerable to infection. Most oral surgeons will recommend a diet of soft foods and liquids for at least several days after surgery. Hard or sharp foods like nuts, which could further damage the surgical site, should be avoided for even longer.
- Take Your Medicine Properly: If your dentist or oral surgeon decides that it is necessary, he may prescribe a course of antibiotics following your dental implant surgery to prevent infection. If you have been prescribed antibiotics, remember to take the full course in accordance with their instructions. Failure to complete a full course of antibiotics can increase the risk of infection and possibly render the whole treatment ineffective.
- Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: When it comes to warding off infections, cleanliness is paramount. If the site of surgery is not kept as sterile as possible, bacteria have the chance to flourish. Your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend a mild mouthwash that will not overly dry out your mouth (which can also promote infection), or suggest a simple mix of warm water and salt.
- Avoid Smoking: All dentists will strongly encourage patients to give up smoking, or using any kind of tobacco product for that matter, while healing after dental implant surgery. The smoke and chemicals can severely irritate gums, which can lead to infection. In addition, smoking can deprive your bloodstream and the site of surgery from much-needed oxygen, slowing down the healing process and prolonging the opportunity for infections to arise while healing. If you smoke regularly, a nicotine patch or other remedy may enable you to quit or significantly reduce the habit.
Learn More about the Dental Implant Surgery Procedure Today
If you have been suffering from the loss of one or more teeth, dental implants can be the best decision you will ever make regarding your dental health and comfort. With proper aftercare and upkeep, dental implants can last you a lifetime.
At The Dental Implant Place, we understand the complexities of dental implant surgery and dental implant infection, and we can help you make the best decisions to ensure the health of your teeth, gums, and dental implants well into the future. Contact Dr. Steve Brown and his team at The Dental Implant Place to schedule an appointment and find out more about dental implant surgery today.