Mature Female smiling and touching her glassesWhen our doctors see new dental implants patients for the first time, they often find that many of them mistakenly believe that their new set of teeth will be all but carefree. Because Dr. Emery, Retana and DiFabio value patient education above all else, they are always quick to correct this misconception. They want each of their Washington, DC patients to enjoy their newfound oral function and beautiful aesthetics for the rest of their lives and visiting dental care professionals is part of that process. Keep reading as we talk a little more about how to properly care for dental implants.

Why Dental Implants are the Best Tooth Restoration Option

Many of our doctor’s Washington, DC patients choose to have dental implants placed over other tooth replacement options such as dentures and bridges because they provide:

  • A natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing smile.
  • A solution for a variety of dental problems such as broken or damaged teeth and dental decay.
  • Jawbone stimulation, which maintains facial structure.
  • A cost-effective solution as they will not need to be replaced or refitted like other options on the dental market.
  • A replacement for the original tooth root that is strong and permanent. 

Check Ups After Dental Implants Placement

After Dr. Emery, Retana or DiFabio place your dental implants, regular care and maintenance will begin. Remember, even though your new teeth are prosthetics, they will still need to be cared for in order to maintain their health and success.

In order to ensure dental implants success, immediately following your placement procedure, you should:

  • Not disturb the surgery site or sites
  • Eat a diet of soft foods and liquids for the first week
  • Address any bleeding or swelling you experience appropriately
  • Manage your pain with over the counter pain relievers or prescribed medication
  • Rest

Washington, DC patients should be sure to attend all of the recommended post-op appointments, which means you should visit Capital Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery as directed by your doctor until Dr. Emery, Retana or DiFabio release you to the care of your general dentist or periodontist.

If at any time your dental implants feel loose or hurt, be sure you call our doctors right away to schedule a check up. Being proactive in making an appointment under these circumstances could prevent implant failure or other complications. 

How to Properly Care for Your Dental Implants

Sometimes Washington, DC patients don’t realize that their new teeth will require the same care as their natural teeth did. This is vitally important to the success of your dental implants. Patients should:

  1. Brush twice a day
  2. Floss once a day
  3. Use antibacterial mouthwash once a day

Additionally, men and women in the area who receive dental implants from Dr. Emery, Retana or DiFabio should make sure they visit their general dentist no less than twice a year for cleanings and checkups.

Choose Capital Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for Your Dental Implants

With more than 35 years of experience in the Washington, DC area, Dr. Emery, Retana and DiFabio of Capital Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery have become known as leaders and experts in oral surgery, and even more so in dental implantology. Not only does their reputation, experience, and high-quality care precede them, but Dr. Emery is one of the creators of the revolutionary X-Guide Navigated Surgery system. This advanced technology allows surgeons to “virtually” see into their patient in real time while they operate and “guide” their instruments to accurate locations using computer guidance. This system has not only changed the world of oral surgery but surgery as a whole.

Call our practice in the Washington, DC area today at (202) 386-7100 to schedule your initial consultation, or to ask any questions you have about how to properly care for your dental implants.