One of the major benefits of dental implants is that they look and feel like your natural teeth. Likewise, caring for your dental implants is very much like caring for the rest of your mouth. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at all aspects of your dental implant care, including daily maintenance and dental appointments.
With attentive care and regular checkups, dental implants can last a lifetime. Follow these simple guidelines to better ensure that your implants and your mouth receive the proper attention.
Engage in Dental Implant Daily Maintenance
While your dental implants are not susceptible to cavities and decay, they can still suffer from the effects of diet and hygiene. The gums surrounding your implants need to be kept healthy for optimal implant health and general oral hygiene. For these reasons, we recommend you continue twice-daily brushing and once-daily flossing. You can go about these daily activities in the same exact way as before. Speak to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns.
Some patients use special tools, such as floss intended for use on dental work or toothpaste that contains antibacterial components.
Regularly Visit the Dentist
Just as you brush and floss as you normally would, you should also continue to see the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. Your dentist will not only clean your teeth (both natural and implants), he or she will also make sure that you do not have any developing oral health concerns or diseases. We typically recommend that new dental implant patients visit their dentist more often than before for a period of time to assure they are maintaining them appropriately and to stay on top of their dental implant health and oral hygiene.
Also be sure to visit your dentist if you notice any changes in or around your implants, including pain, redness, bleeding or swelling. Small problems that can be easily corrected can be catastrophic if left unchecked. It is important to be aware that uncorrected problems with natural teeth can also negatively affect your implants.
Avoid Behavior That Could Harm Your Implants
Multiple studies have found that smoking significantly harms oral health, including dental implants. Caring for dental implants means more than engaging in brushing, flossing, and other maintenance. It also means avoiding harmful behavior. We strongly encourage patients to stop all types of tobacco use.
In addition, research has shown that other lifestyle choices can affect your dental health and implant health. Not getting enough sleep, suffering from stress, and not getting the proper nutrition can also harm the lifespan of your implants. Although implants are not susceptible to decay, a diet high in refined sugars can still increase the potential to develop gum disease around dental implants.
Questions About Care for Dental Implants?
At the Surgical Arts Centre, we have helped hundreds of patients improve their smile and their oral health with dental implants. If you have a question about how to care for your dental implants, or if you are considering a dental implant procedure, we are happy to help. Please call 406-549-6600 today or contact us via email.