Caring for Teeth with Dental Implants
Dental implants are very similar to natural teeth, so special maintenance needs are minimal. Patients do, however, benefit significantly by taking fairly conventional oral hygiene steps after getting implants. Here is how patients should care for their teeth after having teeth replaced this way.
Daily Home Oral Hygiene
Patients should brush and floss their teeth every day, and this remains true when implants are present. Both of these healthy habits will minimize buildup of plaque and tartar, which raise risks of tooth decay and gum disease. In the process, patients reduce their risk of implant loss.
Routine Dental Visits
Like other patients, those with implants should visit our dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Check-ups can catch problems before they become serious, allowing for timely treatment. Cleanings will minimize chances that the implants will become discolored.
Diet and Lifestyle
Many of the same factors that put natural teeth at risk of problems can also affect dental implants. Although dental implants are impervious to decay, they still can collect plaque from heavy consumption of sugary foods and drinks. Limiting these dietary items can maintain a healthy environment for long-lasting implants. Hard foods, such as popcorn kernels, can be potentially damaging just as they can crack real teeth. Finally, smoking can eventually cause implants to turn yellow and should be avoided.
Dental implants are the longest lasting tooth replacements available. By taking the steps listed here, patients can more easily count on keeping their implants forever. Patients can schedule a consultation with our dental implants dentist to learn more about how to care for their newly restored smile.
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