10 Tips for Long Lasting Dental Implants
By Santa Rosa Dental Care
June 11, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Dental implantation is becoming an increasingly popular method of tooth restoration. Read on to learn some helpful tips for long lasting dental implants.
Do your research: If you’re considering tooth restoration, call and schedule a consultation at our offices in Santa Rosa, CA today. You should always talk with a dentist to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Find out as much information as you can about the procedure you will undergo. The more knowledgeable you are, the better prepared you’ll be in the even that complications arise.
Know your options: Crowns are made from a variety of materials, each with its own advantages. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are great options to help improve the overall aesthetic, as they can be tinted to match the color of your existing teeth. Acrylic crowns are also a popular material for dental crowns and dentures. Choose the material that will best suit your oral health needs.
Help your implants heal: Healing can take two to four months to complete, and it’s important to be gentle with your implants for the first few weeks after surgery. Eat soft foods and try not to strain your jaw. This will prevent damage to the new implants and keep them from shifting.
Keep an eye on those crowns: Though it’s rare, implants can loosen over time, depending on your personal habits. This is usually a minor complication, but it shouldn’t be ignored. Visit a dentist immediately if you notice your implants have come loose or seem to fit poorly.
After the crown prosthetic is mounted, you will be able to care for your dental implants as if they were regular, natural teeth. Good oral hygiene is essential to the care and keeping of dental implants.
Learn how to brush properly: For the first couple of days after implantation, you’ll just want to use an antibacterial mouthwash to clean your teeth, as the surgery will likely make your gums very sensitive. After two days, you can use a soft toothbrush around the implant. Press the bristles at the gumline, then wiggle and sweep the brush gently toward the teeth.
Be careful when flossing: Flossing is an important step in removing plaque buildup around your implants, but you’ll want to take extra care when flossing, as the gum will be slightly more sensitive near your implants and more prone to inflammation.
Use a special toothpaste: Purchase an antibacterial toothpaste and brush with it at least twice daily. Dental professionals recommend antibacterial toothpaste because it continues to fight plaque bacteria for several hours after brushing.
Don’t smoke: Aside from the countless other risks that smoking poses to your health, it can also accelerate bone loss in your jaw and increase your chances of gum disease, rendering your implants ineffective.
Continue to see a dentist: Regular dental checkups and cleanings will help keep you in good oral health. Only a dental professional can diagnose peri-implantitis—a rare but serious condition. The staff at Santa Rosa Dental Care is your best resource for learning about the most effective ways to care for your implants and reducing your risk for serious oral diseases.
Ready to change your life and transform your smile? Find out today if implant restoration is right for you. Call (707) 921-1970 to schedule an appointment at our Santa Rosa offices.