Aftercare of Dental Implants – Asheville, NC
How to Care for Dental Implants
If you’ve chosen dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you’ve made an excellent decision for your smile. They are the most reliable solution to treat tooth loss because they offer predictable results. They are proven to last for decades with the right care over the years to enjoy a long-term investment. You won’t need to worry about a lengthy or complex routine for the aftercare of dental implants. Here’s how to preserve your new smile.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
The biggest threat to the overall success of dental implants is a preventable infection called peri-implantitis, which is like gum disease. You can keep the infection at bay by committing to your oral hygiene routine at home. It’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to clean your teeth at least twice daily to remove food particles and bacteria. Clean all surfaces of any natural teeth and your dental implants for at least two minutes each session. To remove plaque from any areas missed by your toothbrush, use high-quality floss to clean in between each tooth and around the dental implants every night before going to bed.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Your dental implants are durable to withstand the pressure of regular biting and chewing; however, they aren’t indestructible. It’s best to protect them from any potential damage, like wearing an athletic mouthguard if you play sports. For patients who have bruxism, a nightguard can be used to provide a cushion between the upper and lower teeth to reduce the pressure of grinding and clenching. We also recommend avoiding using your teeth as tools and not chewing on any inedible objects, like your fingernails or pencils.
Schedule Regular Recall Visits
Besides caring for your dental implants at home, you’ll also need to see your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. Your dental hygienist will remove any plaque or tartar accumulations that can infect the gingival tissue. Dr. White will conduct a thorough examination to ensure your dental implants are undamaged and functioning as intended. He will also look for any concerning issues, like inflammation of the gum tissue. If you develop any signs of dental implant failure in between your regular appointments, don’t hesitate to contact our office, like pain or redness.
Protect Your Investment
You’ve spent a lot of time and money treating your tooth loss with dental implants. Don’t let simple mistakes compromise your smile. If it’s time for your next cleaning and checkup, or you have any questions about caring for your dental implants, contact our office today to speak with a member of our team.