Dental implants are an incredibly successful way to replace missing teeth that make you uncomfortable with your smile. Without your teeth, there is nothing in the bone to stimulate new growth, and over time the contours of your face may start to shift as the jawbone deteriorates.
Implants are placed directly in the jawbone and function exactly as your normal teeth would, preserving the natural look of your entire face. If cared for correctly, they will last for decades.
Brush Twice a Day
As with natural teeth, you should be brushing your implants twice a day. Focus on once in the morning and once at night, but you may also choose to brush after each meal. Make sure you are replacing your toothbrush every 2-3 months, and using a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect your gums.
Speak to a periodontist to determine if you should be using a special tool to clean your dental implants or if there is a specific type of toothpaste they want you to use.
Floss at Least Once a Day
Properly caring for your dental implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth, and flossing is something you can’t afford to miss. Flossing after each meal is preferable, but make sure that you are flossing at least once a day, ideally right before bed. Curve your floss around your teeth in a C shape to remove excess plaque and food.
Visit a Professional
Every six months you should have your teeth cleaned and examined by a professional. This ensures that any problems are caught quickly and that decay is treated before it gets out of control. Part of maintaining your dental implants is keeping those appointments.
Visit Us Today
If you have questions about dental implants and want to know if they are right for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Drs. Saunders or Dr. Dickson.