Dental Implant Aftercare in Urbandale, IA

Your Path to a Permanent, Radiant Smile

Your new dental implants from Hickman Family Dental represent a fresh start with a radiant, confident smile. However, following the recommended aftercare guidelines is crucial to ensuring your implants look, feel, and function their best long into the future. Dr. Erickson and his dental team in Urbandale, IA, have created this comprehensive guide to walk you through every step of the recovery process. 

From tips on maintaining excellent oral hygiene to addressing common concerns, we prioritize empowering you with the knowledge needed to properly care for your implants. With diligent aftercare, you can embrace your revitalized smile and improved quality of life for years to come.

Common Post-Implant Complications

While dental implants have a high success rate, it’s essential to be aware of potential complications that may arise during the healing process. Some common post-implant complications include:


  • Infection: Proper oral hygiene and following Dr. Erickson’s instructions are crucial to prevent infections around the implant site.
  • Implant Failure: In rare cases, the implant may fail to integrate with the jawbone, leading to its eventual loss.
  • Nerve Damage: Temporary or permanent nerve damage can occur, resulting in numbness or tingling in the affected area.
  • Sinus Issues: For upper jaw implants, there is a risk of sinus problems or infections if the implant protrudes into the sinus cavity.


Promptly addressing any concerns or complications with Dr. Erickson and the team at Hickman Family Dental in Urbandale, IA, is essential for a successful recovery and long-term implant stability.

How to Care For Your Implants

Proper aftercare is essential for ensuring the success of your dental implants. Dr. Erickson and his team at Hickman Family Dental in Urbandale, IA, will provide detailed instructions tailored to your needs. However, here are some general guidelines for caring for your implants:

  • Oral Hygiene: Maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing twice daily, flossing once daily, and using an antimicrobial mouthwash as recommended by Dr. Erickson.
  • Diet: Initially, stick to a soft food diet to avoid irritating the surgical site. As healing progresses, you can gradually introduce more solid foods.
  • Avoid Certain Activities: Refrain from smoking, drinking through a straw, or participating in strenuous physical activities for a few days after the procedure.
  • Follow Post-Operative Instructions: Carefully follow Dr. Erickson’s post-operative instructions regarding pain management, antibiotics, and any other prescribed medications or treatments.
  • Regular Check-ups: Attend all follow-up appointments with Dr. Erickson and the team at Hickman Family Dental in Urbandale, IA, to monitor the healing process and ensure the long-term success of your implants.

By adhering to these guidelines and maintaining open communication with Dr. Erickson, you can maximize the lifespan of your dental implants and enjoy a healthy, functional smile for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

Smile Bright, Day and Night

Are you ready to smile with confidence again? Hickman Family Dental in Urbandale offers life-changing dental implants that can restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile naturally. Residents of Urbandale, Clive, Windsor Heights, and surrounding communities have a premier implant solution nearby. 

Call (515) 276-4981 to schedule your consultation with the skilled team led by Dr. Erickson. You deserve to feel great about your smile and oral health – take the first step by contacting us today. With proper implant care, you can enjoy long-lasting results and an enhanced quality of life.