Dental implants are one of the most comprehensive ways to restore your smile after tooth loss or severe oral infection. Whether you’re replacing a single tooth, or several teeth, dental implants can help you stop feeling self-conscious about your smile and help preserve your overall oral health.
Just because dental implants and crowns replace natural teeth, however, doesn’t mean that traditional oral health care tips go out in the window. In fact, practicing positive oral health habits and dental implant maintenance is an essential part of making sure that your new smile lasts for years to come. Here, Dr. Champagne offers some tips for maintaining your dental implants.
1) Brush, Floss & Rinse Daily
It is important for dental implant patients to continue to practice the same routine as is directed with natural teeth. Just as plaque can gather on the natural teeth, it can gather on the dental crown and around the dental implant, increasing the risk of infection. If the infection becomes severe enough, it can lead to dental implant failure, as well.
Individuals should brush their teeth twice daily, floss daily to maintain the health of the gums, and use a mouthwash. In addition, it is recommended that dental implant patients use an electric toothbrush, as electric toothbrushes can be more effective, and typically place less pressure on the teeth and gums.
2) Don’t Miss Your Check-Up
While all individuals are encouraged to visit the dentist often, this is especially true for dental implant patients. It is recommended that individuals with dental implants see the dentist once every 3 to 6 months. By performing a thorough check-up, examining the bite, and probing around the implant, dentists can identify any potential problems, early on. In addition, X-rays of the dental implant should be conducted about once a year to make sure they are maintaining well.
Experienced hygienists also have tools that are used specifically for cleaning around dental implants, without damaging its surface. So, visiting your dental implants dentist for a check-up or cleaning regularly is an important part of dental implant maintenance.
3) Keep an Eye out for Signs of Infection or Implant Failure
There are a number of signs that can signal infection or potential implant failure. Some things to look out for include, gum recession, bleeding around the implant area, and swelling or inflammation. It is important for patients not to ignore any discomfort, pain or other symptoms of a problem. If caught early enough, some issues causing implant failure can be reversed. However, if left untreated, these symptoms can progress into bone loss, making that area unviable for an implant. If you experience any symptoms of dental implant failure, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Learn more about Dental Implants
Dr. Champagne has more than 20 years of experience as an implant dentist and has helped hundreds of patients restore their smile. If you are considering dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Champagne to learn more. He can answer all of your questions about dental implants, from the procedure through the aftercare. Call his office today at 732-972-0918.