Dental Implant Care FAQs

Our Dentists Answer Your Most Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implant Care

Can I smoke after getting a dental implant?

No, it’s not recommended to smoke after getting a dental implant. Smoking decreases the chances of implant success and increases the risk of implant failure. It can also delay healing, increase your risk of infection, and cause complications such as peri-implantitis, (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the implant).

Smoking decreases the blood supply to the implant site, slowing down the healing process and making it more difficult for the implant to naturally fuse with the jawbone. Additionally, smoking can also cause a decrease in bone density, making it harder for the implant to secure in the jaw.

How will I know if my dental implant is infected?

Several symptoms may indicate a dental implant infection. Some common signs to look out for include:

  • Pain or discomfort around the implant site
  • Swelling or redness in the area
  • Warmth or tenderness to the touch
  • Dealing with drainage or pus
  • A foul taste or odor coming from the implant site
  • A fever or feeling unwell
  • Difficulty biting or chewing
  • Loss of implant stability or mobility

If you experience any of these symptoms mentioned above, contact your dentist immediately. They’ll diagnose the problem and recommend an appropriate treatment. Remember to maintain good oral hygiene and follow your dentist’s instructions for dental implant post-op care to prevent infection.

How often should I visit the dentist for checkups after my implant surgery?

After dental implant surgery, make sure to schedule regular check-ups with your dentist to ensure the implant is properly healing. The frequency of these check-ups will depend on the individual case and the type of implant procedure.

Schedule a follow-up visit with your dentist within the first week after surgery to check on the healing process. After that, your dentist will schedule additional visits based on your progress every 2 to 4 weeks for the first few months post-surgery. Once the implant treatment is complete, you’ll likely return to your regular schedule of visits every six months or as advised by your dentist.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Dental implants are meant to function like natural teeth, so it’s essential to take care of them in the same way. This includes brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash to help kill bacteria.

You should also see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings to ensure the longevity of your dental implants. Also, avoid biting hard objects and smoking as it can cause implant failure.

How long does it take to fully recover from dental implant surgery?

Recovery time varies depending on the individual and the type of implant surgery. It can take several weeks to months for the implant to fully integrate with the jawbone. During this time, you may experience swelling, discomfort, and tenderness. Your dentist may prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort.

Always follow post-operative instructions provided by your dentist to ensure proper healing. After the implant has integrated with the jawbone, a custom restoration will be placed on top of the implant to complete the process. This additional step can take several more weeks to complete.

Can I exercise after dental implant surgery?

Exercise is generally discouraged for the first few days after implant surgery as it can cause increased blood flow to the area, slowing the healing process. It’s best to avoid strenuous exercise for at least the first week after surgery and consult with your dentist before resuming any exercise regimen.