Taking Care of Your Dental Implants
Dental implants are the most reliable, effective way to replace natural teeth. Implants are titanium root forms that fit into the jawbone, and they are typically restored using dental crowns, bridges or dentures. They look, feel and act like your own teeth.
You also need to take care of them much like you take care of your own teeth. Once your implants have been restored, you will need to brush them twice a day. Use a soft manual toothbrush or electric brush and a low-abrasive tartar control toothbrush, and brush for about two minutes at a time. Take special care to brush along the gumline where plaque and tartar tend to build up. You will also need dental floss. Floss daily around the abutments to remove plaque and debris.
Some other tools you might need for dental hygiene include interdental cleaners and antimicrobial mouthwash to remove more plaque and bacteria. Along with good dental hygiene at home, you will need regular dental cleanings. Most people will need to visit us about every 3 to 6 months for professional cleanings and dental exams. We will check your natural teeth and implants to ensure everything is healthy and healing as expected.
Failure to care for your implants can lead to a condition called peri-implantitis and implant failure. However, with good care, dental implants can last as long as any of your natural teeth.
Call our office today to schedule your implant consultation with our team or to learn more about your tooth restoration options.
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