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Implant Care

Woman with implant smiling at Westlake Oral and Plastic SurgeryFollowing your implant procedure, we will review instructions to care for your implant. Taking specialized consideration of your implant will help it stabilize, stave off infection, and add to its longevity. Our team at Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery cares about your immediate and long-term success with your dental implants. We can not guarantee successful treatment, but we can provide preparatory steps that will increase the likelihood of attachment, we can remove obstacles, and we can offer tips following surgery that will benefit your healing.

Implant Care Before Placement

Consideration for your dental implant begins before it is placed. There are certain steps that we can take to increase your odds for successful osseointegration or the fusing of the bone to the implant. Preparation includes:
•  Reviewing your medical history could be relevant to the success of your implant. Frequently patients may hold back information of conditions they have, or medications they are taking because they feel it is irrelevant to their oral health. Medical conditions such as diabetes, heart problems, cancer treatment and more, can be relevant to your oral health and your ability to heal correctly. Please make us aware of all conditions and medications, including over the counter medications, or natural treatments.
•  Patients who suffer from gum disease or chronic periodontitis are suffering from an active bacterial infection. We would want to take steps to reduce this infection to reduce the likelihood of infection at the implant site before surgery.
•  Many patients will require a bone graft before their implant procedure. When a tooth is lost, there is an immediate response of atrophy in the bone. We want the bone to be robust and sufficient to sink the implant into.

Implant Care Following Placement

Caring for your implant after it has been placed is vital to the osseointegration process and long-term stability. Osseointegration is the healing of the bone to the implant. A medical term that means integrating with the bone, or taking into the bone, osseointegration is the healing that we rely on for successful treatment.

The first days following surgery, most patients take great care of their implant site because it is swollen and recovering, making it obvious to the patient to proceed with care. Quite quickly, the soft tissues will heal, and the area will no longer seem like a delicate area. What patients need to remember is that the healing of the bone takes much more time than the healing of the soft gum tissues. The implant can be loosened or jarred if the patient does not handle the area with care.

Awareness of infection at the surgical site is important to the health of your bone as it heals with the implant. Patients will need to be aware of their daily hygiene habits and be diligent in keeping them. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily is the best way to keep your mouth free of extra or harmful bacteria. Avoiding infection is important to the successful attachment and longevity of your implant.

Contact Us for Implant Care

For more information on the steps for caring for your dental implant, contact Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at our Westlake Village office. Our staff is happy to assist you in scheduling appointments and answering your questions. (805) 267-9766
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Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery
911 Hampshire Road Suite 4
Westlake Village, CA 91361

(805) 495-7416