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Jun
24

How Should I Care for My Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Your new dental implant is meant to function just like a natural tooth. You might eventually be inclined to forget that it’s even there! But don’t ever forget that it still needs just as much care and attention as the rest of your smile.

Your implant is doing you a big favor by giving you a tooth back – do it a favor in return and keep it healthy!

Why Keep It Clean

An implant is not a natural tooth, but it is still a constant fixture in your mouth. As such, it can still harbor bacteria in dental plaque, which can cause problems for gums and your other natural teeth. Keeping your implant clean is a way you can protect your other teeth.

Risk to Implants

Even after an implant has long since successfully healed into the bone tissue, it could still develop a serious problem. If harmful bacteria are allowed to grow on the gums around an implant, they can result in infection and inflammation. This inflammation can easily worsen to involve the bone around the implant, similar to advanced gum disease. Such inflammation can lead to implant failure.

Your Oral Care Routine

By simply being thorough in your regular oral hygiene routine, you can keep your dental implant just as healthy as the rest of your teeth!

  • Brush 2-3 times a day, paying special attention to the gum line
  • Floss daily, even doing so gently around the implant
  • Rinse with a mouthwash as directed by your dentist

Your local dentist will be able to provide you with personalized instructions for keeping your implant healthy for life. Schedule regular checkups to make sure it stays healthy for life!

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

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