Once you have completed the dental implant placement process, it is vital you know how to treat your new smile so it lasts a lifetime. While caring for your implants will be similar to caring for your natural teeth, you may be required to alter your routine slightly to ensure that your implants and surrounding tissues are not damaged. Make sure you do the following after you receive your implants.
Your implants are made of surgical grade titanium, so they won’t get any cavities, but that doesn’t mean you can skip brushing. You should stick to the traditional recommendation of brushing two times every day with a fluoride toothpaste. Your brush should have soft bristles that won’t cause damage to your teeth, implants or gums, and you should use a regular brushing motion, making sure to clean the surface of every tooth and crown thoroughly.
Flossing is essential to maintaining your dental implants. You should floss at least once a day to prevent a condition known as peri-implantitis, which is an infection that occurs around an implant. Flossing should be done thoroughly but with care to ensure that inflammation stays at a minimum while the bacteria that cause the condition are kept at bay.
Keeping in touch with your periodontist may never be more vital than following the placement of dental implants. Regularly schedule and keep any appointments your doctor recommends so you know you will receive all the evaluations and care you need. Routine x-rays are a great way to measure implant function and determine if there are any issues that need to be addressed.
In short, the most important part of your oral health maintenance routine should be that it is thorough. The cleaner your mouth, the greater your chances are of maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile for a very long time. To learn more about dental implant care following placement, contact Dr. Chris Hutton’s office and schedule an appointment.