Dental implants can be placed in either one or two stages. Two-stage dental implant placements require an additional surgery. During the first stage of the implant placement process, the implant is placed into the gum tissue and is left to heal for a few months. Once the implant bonds with the gums and bones in your mouth, your dentist will add the crown in the second stage. While the area heals, the surgical site is more vulnerable to infection. If your implant is infected during this time, then this will delay the second stage of the dental implant placement process. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use to keep your mouth infection-free during a two-stage dental implant placement.

Use an Antibacterial Rinse After Every Meal

While your surgical site heals, it is important to keep bacteria and food away from the area. An antibacterial rinse will kill off bacteria before it has a chance to fully develop. In addition, a bacterial rinse has the ability to reach areas of your mouth that are difficult for a toothbrush to reach. In order to get the best results from the bacterial rinse, you should swish it throughout your entire mouth for a few minutes. If you are unable to purchase commercial rinse from the store, then you can make your own at home using warm water and salt.

Avoid Eating Hard Foods

During the first stage of the implant process, the implant is embedded in your gum tissue. Your dentist may provide you with a temporary bridge that can be removed when you eat. This temporary bridge is mainly used for cosmetic reasons in order for your teeth to appear uniform. However, your gum tissue is not protected by teeth. As a result, your gum tissue cannot handle hard foods. The force of the foods can end up ripping and tearing the tissue around the surgical site. Once the tissue tears, this makes it difficult for the implant to bond with your gums and it leaves the surgical site vulnerable to infection. Therefore, opt for foods that are softer and are easier to chew.Soups and smoothies are good foods that you can eat until your surgical site fully heals.

In order for your second surgical procedure to be successful, the first one needs to heal without any issues. Therefore, use these tips to keep your mouth infection free during your two-stage dental implant placement.