Have you made the choice to replace your missing teeth with dental implants? If so, you have made an excellent decision to invest in your quality of life and oral health. You have gained a long-term solution to complete your smile that offers over a 95% success rate. With the potential to last forever, it is now time to protect your investment by caring for your new smile. To promote the success of your procedure, your cosmetic dentist has simple tips to help you maintain your dental implants.
Brush Twice a Day
Although dental implants are not subject to tooth decay, you still need to brush your teeth at least twice a day. This helps to protect the longevity of the dental crowns while reducing the risk for infection by removing harmful plaque and tartar accumulations. It is best to use a small, soft toothbrush and non-abrasive tartar-control toothpaste to clean the surface of the teeth and crowns.
With infection the biggest threat for dental implant failure, it is best to be proactive about your flossing habits. You will want to take the time each day to floss in between the teeth and the abutments. In some cases, many find a water flosser to be easier to remove plaque from around the abutments.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
In addition to your home oral hygiene habits, it is important to maintain your preventive dental appointments for a cleaning and checkup. During your visit, your dentist will carefully clean around your abutments and crowns to reduce the risk for infection. In addition, they will perform a comprehensive checkup to ensure that there are no complications that may cause your dental implants to fail. If an issue is found, it will be quickly treated to restore your oral health and the success of the procedure.
To help foster their long-term success, your dentist may recommend the use of additional products to use at home, such as an antimicrobial mouth rinse, inter-dental brushes, or disclosing tablets. Your dentist may also recommend that you come into their office more often for a cleaning and checkup to continue monitoring the success of your procedure.
Smoking and tobacco use in any form are harmful to your oral health and dental implants. Although the dental crowns are fairly stain-resistant, the tar can cause discoloration to occur. Not to mention, smoking decreases your body’s ability to heal and fight infection. As a result, you will be more likely to develop peri-implantitis if you continue to smoke.
Protect Your New Smile
Dental implants are a large investment. You do not want simple mistakes to compromise the success of your procedure. Take the time each day to properly care for your new smile to ensure that it lasts.
About Dr. Megan A. Shelton
Dr. Megan A. Shelton strives to provide comprehensive dental care to her patients to create healthy, beautiful smiles that last for a lifetime. In addition to general dentistry, she offers many areas of specialty, including dental implants. If you need a cleaning or checkup to maintain your new smile, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.