The first two weeks
While the most critical phases in the healing process are over, it’s important to remember that you’re not completely healed yet. We recommend that you adhere to the following oral hygiene maintenance steps:
- Do not brush the surgical area (you can brush any remaining natural teeth with a special post-operative toothbrush without toothpaste).
- After brushing, do not spit – simply let the water fall from your mouth.
- Do not rinse with any liquids for the first two weeks as it may interfere with the blood clot formation.
- Do not use a Water Pik as it could damage the surgical area.
- Do not smoke, as it can promote infection and bleeding and interfere with healing.
- Do not suck through a straw as it could cause bleeding.
Two weeks – two months
While it may seem that the most critical phase in the healing process is over, it’s important to remember that you’re not completely healed yet. We recommend that you adhere to the following oral hygiene maintenance steps:
- Brush the surgical area (and any remaining teeth) with your soft post-operative toothbrush, you can now use toothpaste.
- You may remove your dentures to brush them or soak them.
- Rinse with salt water (three or four times a day) after your sutures have been removed.
- Do not rinse with alcohol-based products, such as mouthwash.
- Do not use a Water Pik.
Keep in mind:
The following are maintenance steps we strongly recommend you follow:
- You will be required to come for regular cleaning appointments in order to ensure the longevity of your dentistry.
- Just like natural teeth, dental implants need to brushed and flossed daily and professionally cleaned.
- You will book an appointment for six months after your procedure is complete so that your dentures/bridgework/implants can be checked and cleaned.
- Depending on your needs, you will need to go for cleaning appointments every three, six, or twelve months.
- After your final bridge/denture is delivered, you will be responsible to pay for the cleaning appointments. The fee is determined by your hygiene needs, and this amount may possibly be covered by your insurance.