Like any dental investment, the better you care for it, the longer it will last. The same can be said for dental implants. Although implants can’t get cavities, they can be susceptible to infection around the gum tissue if they aren’t cared for properly.
So, how exactly are you supposed to care for dental implants so that they will last a lifetime?
Treat them exactly like natural teeth!
Brushing your implants is important to keep them clean, but special attention should be paid around the gumlines. This prevents bacterial buildup from developing around the implant or creeping under the gumlines (which would interfere with attachment.) Likewise, flossing daily is just as important since it’s the only way to clean between your implants. If you are wearing a fixed prosthetic like a bridge or denture, you can use threaders to slide the floss underneath them comfortably. If flossing is difficult or uncomfortable for you, you can use a water flosser instead. Cleaning between each day is just as important for your implants as it is for your natural teeth.
Regular maintenance visits with your dentist should be scheduled at least every 6 months. In addition to cleaning the teeth, your dental provider will check attachment levels around your implants, take x-rays to screen for bone loss, and visually inspect the restorations. Early diagnosis is important to keep significant complications from arising, so always make an effort to pursue preventive care rather than wait until something is wrong.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to take care of dental implants. That’s just one of the reasons why they’re an excellent option for replacing your missing teeth! If it’s been more than 6 months since your last dental check-up, it’s time to schedule again!
Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
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