If you have just filled a gap in your smile with a dental implant, you may feel a newfound sense of confidence when you eat, speak and laugh around others. However, don’t forget to take care of this new piece of your smile! A dental implant can be thought of as an investment in your dental health and happiness – and like any investment, you should protect it. Not 100% sure how to care for dental implants in Clintonville? Here is a simple guide to ensure your new teeth remain a part of your smile for many years to come.
Why Do I Need to Care for My Dental Implants?
If you do not brush your teeth regularly, cavities and other problems can develop. Similarly, serious health issues related to dental implants can develop without proper care, including:
- Mucositis – An inflammation of the soft tissue surrounding a dental implant. Symptoms include bleeding gums. If detected early, mucositis may be successfully treated and reversed.
- Peri-Implantitis – The next stage after untreated mucositis, peri-implantitis is the irreversible loss of bone in the mouth. If left untreated, it can lead to more advanced bone loss and may even require implant extraction.
Next up are 3 tips to prevent mucositis, peri-implantitis and other similar issues.
Tip #1: Kick the Tobacco Habit
Chewing or smoking tobacco can seriously jeopardize the health of your dental implant – and can even lead to implant failure.
The nicotine in tobacco reduces blood flow, which can make it more difficult for your body to heal after implantation surgery. By hampering successful fusion between a dental implant and the jawbone, tobacco use can ultimately lead to implants falling out or becoming so loose that they must be extracted.
Tip #2: Use Proper Brushing Technique
Practicing excellent oral hygiene at home is paramount to keeping your new dental implant in good shape. Cleaning a dental implant is very similar to caring for natural teeth, which means you should:
- Brush your teeth and dental implant twice a day for two full minutes each time
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and hold it at a 45-degree angle when brushing
- Brush each side of your dental implant – the outer, inner and chewing surfaces
- Floss at least once a day
Tip #3: See the Dentist Regularly
Finally, you can help keep both your dental implants and the rest of your smile healthy by visiting a dentist in Clintonville every six months for a routine checkup. A biannual dental exam is an opportunity for your dentist to:
- Review X-rays of your dental implant and natural teeth
- Examine the dental implant to ensure it is not loose
- Measure the gums surrounding your implant to ensure they are healthy
- Examine your bite
- Confirm that all parts of the implant are functioning properly
With proper care, dental implants can be a long-lasting solution for replacing missing teeth. Just follow this helpful guide to preserve your new smile for the future!
About the Practice
With three experienced dentists on staff, the team at Creative Smiles is equipped to offer high-quality care to patients of all ages. From general dental checkups to advanced services like dental implants, they offer a range of treatments and can address almost any dental care issue. Patients new and old can visit the Creative Smiles website or call 614-459-7766 to learn more about which restorative dentistry treatment is best for them.