The advantages of dental implants are well known. They provide confidence and security for your new teeth and your new smile, support and maintain your jaw bone and facial structure, and they’re more reliable than other treatments. But once you’ve gotten your dental implants, maintenance is vital, just as it is for natural teeth. How can you maintain them so they’ll remain clean, safe and effective for as long as possible?
Believe it or not, the strategies to keeping your dental implants fresh and healthy are the same as the ones you use to take care of your natural teeth. And just like natural teeth, failure to properly care for them can cause gum disease, damage to the prosthetic teeth, or in more serious cases, loss of gum tissue or loss of bone. Severe damage can even necessitate the removal of the implants and surgical procedures to correct damage to the tissues and structure of the mouth.
But all that can be prevented by simple hygiene and regular trips to the dentist. It is important to brush your teeth, natural and prosthetic, at least twice a day for about 90 seconds per brushing. When brushing, be sure to brush every surface, even hard to reach places in the back. Brushing by itself, however, won’t get all of the food remnants or plaque from between your teeth that will eat at the base of your teeth and possibly cause gum disease. Regular, proper flossing is necessary to remove the plaque and prevent infection. Use a long strand of floss or flossing tool to thoroughly scrape all tooth surfaces in the spaces between teeth. Using a water jet instead of floss can be easier to get gunk out and easier on the gums.
Another important aspect of proper dental care is regular trips to come see Dr. Silberg for both check-ups and cleaning. These visits should occur every six months at the very most. Dr. Silberg will x-ray your implants and probe the gums around them to ensure that the gums are healthy and everything is going well with the implants. He will also perform a professional cleaning, removing plaque you may have missed. You can also take the opportunity to review your hygiene habits and supplies and ask him any questions you may have.
With these simple steps, it’s an easy thing to keep your implants clean and your mouth healthy, which makes life a more pleasant place to be and helps you avoid the sorrow of oral disease or loss of implants. Schedule a checkup and cleaning appointment with us today so we can help keep your smile sparkling