Dental implants are a safe and effective technique for tooth restoration that can fix major dental issues for a long period of time. If you have spoken with our Glendale dentist about the dental implant process, you know that they can replicate all the advantages of dentures while providing a more natural look, better functionality, and less daily maintenance.
Less does not mean none, however. Dental implants work so well in part because they are designed to fuse with your jawbone, rooting in your mouth the same way a tooth would. But this functionality makes it all the more important that you keep the area around the implant free of bacteria. If bacteria builds up above or below the gum line, you could be at serious risk for periodontal disease, so caring properly for your dental implants is essential.
The most important steps for dental implant care are:
- Good oral hygiene- Remember to brush and floss regularly.
- Interdental brush- This is a special brush designed to clean between the teeth. Use it to ensure the space around your dental implant is completely free of food particles.
- Antibacterial toothpaste- This special toothpaste keeps your mouth free of harmful bacteria. Ask your dentist at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville if it's right for you.
- Visit your dentist regularly- Semi-annual (twice a year) checkups and cleanings keep your mouth clean and can help your dentist spot potential issues before they become serious.
- Quit smoking- Smoking is a major risk factor for dental implants, and dentists recommend you quit before getting them. If you take up smoking after your dental implants are installed, you greatly increase your risk for periodontal disease.
By following these tips and keeping your dentist informed of any irregularities related to the area around the implant, you should be able to ensure that your dental implant continues to improve the appearance and function of your teeth for a long time to come.
If you would like to know more about your dental implant options, contact Desert Smiles today at 602-978-1790. We serve people in Glendale, Scottsdale, and the greater Phoenix area.