Dental implants can be a life-changing restoration for many individuals, increasing function and improving the smile’s overall appearance. At the same time, dental implants are a surgical procedure requiring multiple office visits. Proper after-care post-implantation is extremely important to prevent infection, bone loss, and, ultimately, implant failure. At the office of Dr. Greg Pitts in American Fork, Utah, we take the time to explain proper implant care to reduce the risk of infection and ensure that you can enjoy your smile long term.
Any time an area of the body undergoes surgery, there is a healing time where bacteria exposure is possible. While the risk of infection following dental implants is low, it’s essential to understand the warning signs so you can seek evaluation as soon as possible. Symptoms of a potential infection include:
An untreated infection around the dental implant can lead to bone loss and cause the implant to fail. Seeking prompt care at the onset of symptoms means the simpler the treatment, the better the overall chance of implant success. Most symptoms can be avoided with proper care following implant surgery, including:
Routine at-home oral care is one of the best ways to keep the area clean and free from bacteria. Patients should gently brush at least twice per day following implant surgery and floss at least once daily.
Following implant surgery, patients should rinse with either an approved mouthwash or a solution of warm saltwater to prevent bacteria buildup.
Smoking reduces the body’s ability to heal properly, which can severely impact the success of dental implants.
Foods and beverages with excess sugar can lead to excess bacteria that can hide in even the smallest areas of the mouth, including the surgical site. Avoiding high-sugar items can help move the healing process along.
With good oral hygiene and lifestyle habits, your new smile with dental implants can last for a lifetime. By putting in the effort to protect your investment, you can help avoid infection and bone loss to enjoy your beautiful new smile. If you are in American Fork, Utah, and are interested in dental implants, Dr. Pitts can help. Please contact us today at (801) 758-0019.
For Dr. Greg Pitts, dentistry is not just a profession; he is passionate about providing the best possible care for patients. He earned his BS from Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah and his DDS from Creighton Dental School, Nebraska. He has been practicing dentistry in American Fork since 1999.
A member of the ADA, AGD, UDA, and American Academy of Sports Dentistry, Dr. Pitts is actively involved with Utah Valley athletics and works to raise awareness of the need for tooth protection in organized sports and recreational activities. He is the official dentist for the BYU and UVU athletic departments.