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Preventing Dental Implant Complications


At Westcoast Smile, located in the scenic heart of Kitsilano, Greater Vancouver, we’re deeply committed to ensuring your journey with dental implants is as smooth as your restored smile. Dental implants have revolutionized the landscape of modern dentistry, offering a durable and near-natural solution for missing teeth. But like every medical procedure, their success relies significantly on post-operative care.

While dental implants boast a high success rate, preventing complications requires a mix of professional guidance, individual commitment, and consistent oral care. Here’s our tailored guide to ensuring your dental implants serve you well for years to come.

1. Prioritize Impeccable Oral Hygiene

The period immediately following your implant surgery is crucial. Infection remains one of the biggest threats to implant success. It can arise if bacteria find their way into the surgical sites, causing inflammation and potentially hindering the implant’s ability to fuse with your jawbone (osseointegration).

While we do prescribe antibiotics to fend off potential infections, your daily oral hygiene plays an equally vital role. Gentle brushing, careful flossing, and the use of antibacterial rinses can keep harmful bacteria at bay. Remember: for the first few days, avoid brushing directly over the surgical sites. Rinsing with salt water can also offer a gentle way to cleanse the area without causing irritation.

2. Embrace a Soft Food Diet

The initial weeks after implant surgery are when your implants are most vulnerable. Exerting undue pressure by biting into hard foods can jeopardize the osseointegration process. We recommend indulging in a soft food diet to ensure your implants remain undisturbed. Think along the lines of creamy soups, yogurt, mashed potatoes, and soft fruits. Your implants will thank you!

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3. Say No to Smoking

It’s well-known that smoking can have adverse effects on our health, but did you know it can directly impact the success of your dental implants? Smoking restricts blood flow, depriving your surgical sites of essential oxygen and nutrients needed for healing. This can significantly increase the risk of implant complications.

For the sake of your implants and overall health, consider refraining from smoking at least a couple of weeks before your implant surgery and continue this break for several weeks post-surgery.

4. Adhere to Post-surgical Care Guidelines

Every patient’s dental landscape is unique. While the tips provided here are general guidelines, our team at West Coast Smile ensures you leave our clinic with detailed post-operative instructions tailored to your needs. Adhering to these instructions is paramount to the success of your implants. This includes timely follow-up appointments so we can ensure everything’s progressing as it should.

5. Commit to Regular Dental Check-ups

After the initial healing phase, don’t forget the importance of regular dental check-ups. They allow us to monitor the health of your implants, ensuring they’re integrating well and your surrounding teeth and gums are healthy.

Smile, You Are In Good Hands!

Your smile is an investment, and dental implants are an extension of that beautiful commitment. At Westcoast Smile dental clinic, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. If you have any concerns or need further insights into dental implant care, our team is always available. Together, let’s ensure your dental journey is as radiant and complication-free as your smile.

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