Can You Use Mouthwash After A Tooth Implant?

Mouthwash After A Tooth Implant
02 May 2016

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Most of us use mouthwash every day without thinking twice! However, it’s important to be careful after a tooth implant, as the new tooth and surrounding area will be sensitive and delicate.

First of all, what exactly happens during a tooth implant procedure?

In the case of permanent implants, an artificial root is placed in your jawbone, usually using surgical-grade titanium, to support the substitute tooth, which will replace any missing or damaged teeth.

There are two phases to a permanent tooth implant:

  • Root placement: The permanent titanium root is placed, and integrated, into your jawbone.
  • Placement of crown or bridge: The visible new tooth is screwed into the newly integrated root. Typically, crowns and bridges are made of porcelain, and titanium, or zirconia.

Not only do dental implants replace missing or damaged teeth, they support all other existing teeth, and therefore support the entire bone structure of your jaw and face.

After a tooth implant surgery, you can expect some swelling or bruising for about two-to-three days. This is normal, but if swelling and/or bruising persists or worsens, you should return to your dentist immediately. Swelling and bruising can be treated with ice packs, or gentle heat, depending where you are in the recovery process. Any pain or soreness should be mild, and usually responds well to painkillers like ibuprofen or Tylenol.

Activities to avoid following a tooth implant include:

  • Eating hot drinks or food (24 hours)
  • Strenuous exercise, or workouts (48 hours)
  • Swishing liquid over the implant site.
  • Touching or disturbing the area with tongue, fingers, etc.
  • Smoking (until the area is completely healed)

When it comes to hygiene, it’s important to keep your mouth as clean as possible following a tooth implant procedure. Excellent oral hygiene will speed the healing process and protect the implant site from bacteria and infection. Following your implant placement, your dentist should provide you with special mouthwash, which you should use as directed.

During the first week, you should only use the mouthwash given to you by your dentist, or warm salt water. It may not be tasty, but salt water mouth rinses are very beneficial to cleaning and healing. You can start brushing your teeth the evening after your surgery, while of course taking care around the implant site.

When it comes to mouthwash, the best thing to do is to speak to your dentist. Once an implant is healed, it should be like a normal tooth and using your regular brand of mouthwash shouldn’t have any negative effect. However, your dentist may be able to recommend a specific brand of mouthwash they find works well, for instance, a type that strengthens teeth and bones.

For any questions regarding implants, or general dental care, contact us at Discovery Dental today!

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