Many patients choose dental implants in Corpus Christi, TX, due to their durability and natural feel. Although you no longer have your natural tooth or teeth, it remains important that you continue to maintain good oral hygiene. Although your implants might not be susceptible to disease or damage, the surrounding gum tissue and bones are. Plus, if you have any natural teeth remaining, you also want to prevent having to replace them. That is why Dr. Richards at Laser Periodontal Therapy educates patients on ways to take care of their implants through a good routine.
Prevent Further Issues
One of the most important reasons to maintain good oral hygiene after getting dental implants in Corpus Christi, TX, is to maintain the health of the tissue. This helps to prevent gum disease or to slow down and/or reverse existing disease. Gum disease is associated with a range of chronic health conditions, including heart disease, dementia and diabetes. Therefore, you want to do what you can to prevent and/or treat periodontal disease to reduce the associated risk of poor health. Additionally, you reduce the chance of further tooth decay or damage to the surrounding gum tissue and jawbone. Further tooth decay might lead to additional implants and other problems such as bad breath.
Although dental implants are known to last a long time, they are not magical. In order to maintain their structure, they require a strong gum and jaw. If your gum tissue becomes damaged due to periodontal disease and overall poor oral health, the implants might start to loosen, change position or even fall out. This requires more surgery to replace them and restore the gum tissue.
Regularly Visit Your Dentist
Beyond regular brushing and flossing, it is important to regularly visit your dentist. Contact us today to make an appointment. When you visit with Dr. Richards, he will discuss the proper way to take care of your implants to extend your oral health.