Now that you've chosen to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, it's important that you continue to care for them. Good oral hygiene is important not only for your natural teeth, but it's important for your dental implants as well.
Dental implants that are not cared for properly, either at home and in our office, can fail or be lost just like natural teeth.
Caring For Your Dental Implants
Dental implants are a wonderful alternative to dentures. Our staff can generally perform the outpatient surgery in two or three separate visits. Initially, we will examine your mouth and jawbone to determine if you're a good candidate for implants. When things look good, we set an anchor into the jaw bone that acts just like a natural root. As this heals, it fuses to your bone and then we add the final crown to the base.
Caring for your dental implants is not dissimilar to caring for your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will help to keep gum disease at bay. Removing the plaque and tartar build up from all of your teeth, dental implants and natural teeth alike, effectively removes bacteria from the mouth. When the bacteria build up around your teeth, periodontal disease will begin to eat away at the tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This can cause you to have bone loss and additional tooth loss.
Be sure to brush twice daily and floss at least once per day. Visiting our office every six months for your checkup and cleaning is another excellent way to make sure that gum disease is kept at bay. There are lots of symptoms of periodontal disease that only our trained dentists can identify, so keeping your appointments is key. Congratulations on your new dental implants! Your new smile looks great on you!