Your dental implants were one of the smartest investments that you’ve ever made for yourself. The permanency and stability that they offer to your smile is unlike any other type of tooth replacement. Your dentist has already told you that if cared for properly, each of the implants can literally last for the rest of your life. Here are a few steps to keep in mind when it comes to ensuring the success of your dental implants:
Even though implants aren’t real teeth, it’s still important to floss them every single day. Wrap the floss around the implant tooth in a “C” shape, and then gently slide the floss up and down under the gumlines several times. This removes loose biofilm that could creep deep under the gums and cause eventual bone loss or peri-implantitis.
Use a Soft Toothbrush
A soft toothbrush is essential for every tooth, especially your dental implants. Aggressively scrubbing with a medium or hard bristled brush can make the gums recede, exposing the implant or abutment. This also causes root exposure on natural teeth. Use only a slight amount of pressure, making short back and forth strokes on one tooth at a time.
See Your Hygienist Regularly
Your dental hygienist will professionally remove any plaque or tartar buildup from around your implants, ensuring healthier gum and bone attachment. Special instruments must be used for implants, so as not to scratch the titanium surfaces. Periodontal screening and x-rays will also ensure that the integrity of your implant is being maintained, as it should.
Always see your dentist if you notice swelling or sensitivity around your implant. With a routine exam every 6 months, you can keep your implants healthy and strong for decades to come.
Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
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