How to Maintain Dental Implants
Dental implants are a type of restoration that are designed to look and work just like natural teeth. First, they are surgically implanted into the jawbone. As you heal, the jawbone fuses to the implant, creating a strong support. Once the implants have become fully integrated into the bone tissue, we can restore them using a crown or other restoration based upon your needs. The implant will act as the root for your restoration. Therefore, you can use your new teeth to bite and chew just like you used your natural teeth.
Caring for your implants is actually not much different from caring for your own teeth. Fortunately, the porcelain restoration will not decay or develop cavities. However, keeping plaque and tartar under control is vital for keeping your gums healthy. It will also reduce the risk of peri-implantitis, or the inflammation that could lead to the loss of the implant. To reduce the risk of complications and to ensure a long life for your implants, you will need to brush at least two times a day. Make sure to floss daily around the implant, as well. If you have an implant-supported bridge or denture, you may need to use special flossing tools or other cleaning aids to clean adequately around the implants.
Good dental health and a positive implants outcome will require teamwork between both you and our dentist. You may need frequent checkups and evaluations initially that are followed by routine biannual checkups. This will help to monitor your dental health and ensure your smile is at its best. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.
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