Your dental implant is an amazing restoration that can last a lifetime. But it won’t last very long if you don’t take good care of it.
Here’s what you should know if you want to get the most out of your dental implants.
Why Dental Implants Need Maintenance
Dental implant screws bind with the bone in the jaw as they heal in place and create a sterile seal. This seal, however, can break if the gum tissue around the implant gets inflamed. More bacteria can then invade and cause the bone around the implant to disintegrate.
Once the bone gets inflamed and begins to break down, that spells disaster for your dental implant. Failure to take good care of your implant can result in losing it for good.
How to Maintain Your Dental Implant
What do you need to do to keep a dental implant strong and healthy?
Brush thoroughly. Brushing is extremely important to controlling plaque buildup around dental implants. Don’t skip this daily chore!
Floss gently. Even dental implants need to be flossed, albeit very gently. Flossing removes plaque from areas where your toothbrush can’t reach and prevents the bacteria from triggering gum inflammation.
Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash. Antibacterial or anti-gingivitis mouthwashes contain therapeutic ingredients that soothe and reverse gum inflammation around implants. Consult your dentist to find out which kind of oral rinse, if any, will be beneficial to the health of your dental implant.
Visit the dentist regularly. Regular dental checkups will ensure that your implant stays healthy. Your dentist will check for signs of inflammation and treat it before the problem can get any worse.
Ask your dentist for more dental implant care tips.
Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
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