How to Maintain Dental Implants
Most people learn to brush their teeth when they are children and the routine becomes almost automatic over time. If you have recently gotten dental implants, you may need to switch off the autopilot and pay closer attention to how you brush and floss. The right dental habits can protect your dental implant and help preserve your smile.
Dental implants are almost exactly identical to your own teeth. They are the replacement roots for the new artificial tooth that will be filling the gap, and they are secured by the jawbone. The prosthetic tooth is then attached to the implant. The design is so similar to natural teeth that implants are considered the gold standard in tooth replacement. They require no support from healthy teeth, and the implant structure keeps the jawbone stimulated and strong.
Because they are so similar to natural teeth, dental implants do not need any special regimens for cleaning them, unlike dentures or bridges that need special tools. However, you will need to take the time to ensure that you are removing any plaque or debris around the implant particularly in the early days. If bacteria are able to reach the bone around the implant, an infection could lead to complications.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste to brush after meals. Floss daily, or use an interdental cleaner to clean around the implant. Visit us at least twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings, as we can spot problems that you may not otherwise see. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our dental implants dentist.
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