When replacing your missing teeth, you want a solution that you can be confident in. A tooth replacement that provides newfound stability, permanency, and a high success rate! You can rest assured that dental implants can provide all of that for you and more. Dental implants have a 95% chance or higher of bonding with your body correctly to fully replace your teeth—as long as you do your part to care for them.
In this week’s blog post, your dentist is here to share why it’s critical to care for your implants to ensure their success.
When it comes to dental implants, your dental team will do the most work. You just need to focus on implant home care before, during, and after your restoration procedure to maximize their success.
Dental Implant Care Before the Procedure
The first step to getting dental implants is making sure that you have optimal oral health—besides your missing teeth. The tissues surrounding the place your dental implant will sit should appear pink, firm, and stable with no signs of infection. Your Tramonto dentist will evaluate your jawbone for signs of instability.
The success of your dental implants depends directly on the health of your gums and jawbone. Your dentist will work with you to educate you on how to obtain optimal oral health if you’re not ready to receive dental implants just yet:
- Brush your teeth properly twice a day.
- Floss every day.
- Quit using all tobacco products.
- Receive more frequent deep cleanings from your dentist.
Caring for Dental Implants During the Placement and Healing Period
Because dental implants are surgically placed within the jawbone, you must take special precautions to make sure the site doesn’t become infected. Your dentist understands that your dental implants are a true investment that you should protect. Here are a few key points that can help you choose safe home-care products while your implant is fusing with your jaw bone:
- Use a noninvasive, nonabrasive toothpaste to avoid irritating the site of placement.
- Avoid sodium fluoride, baking soda, stain removers, and smoker’s toothpaste.
- A soft diet is recommended for the first few days.
- Take all prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.
Maintaining Dental Implants Once They’ve Been Stabilized
Now that your dental implants have healed and fused within your jawbone, the hardest part is out of the way! You may feel your dental implant and think, “Wow, this feels just like my natural tooth.” That’s because they are the closest thing to your permanent teeth, which means you can care for them as such. Follow these tips to keep your dental implants for lifetime:
- Floss regularly, paying special attention to your implanted teeth.
- Try using new tools like water irrigators to avoid scratching your dental prosthetic.
- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes per session.
Hopefully, this post helped you understand how important it is to prevent infection with dental implants. The best way to do that is to care for your implants properly.
About Our Office
Here at Anderson Dental, we want to help everyone have a fully functioning smile. If you need tooth replacements, we provide the best resources, training, and dental materials to repair your smile. Our team is here for you every step of the way with sound advice and hands-on education on how to care for your new teeth. If you ever have any questions, feel free to contact our office.