Dental implants are essential in modern dentistry. Not only do they restore a beautiful smile, they also help patients who have lost one or more teeth regain the ability to eat and speak comfortably. Expert periodontists Dr. Lindsay Eastman and Dr. Christie Eastman are specialists in dental implants and use state-of-the-art computer-aided NobelGuide SimPlant system for superior results. Once our periodontists have completed the dental implantation procedures, you can follow these steps to ensure your implants last a long time.
Brush and Floss Daily
Just like with natural teeth and gums, it is imperative to keep your dental implants clean. Not only will this prolong the life of the implants, it will also keep you from contracting gum disease and requiring further serious dental work. Brush your implants at least twice daily with a soft-bristled manual, sonic, or electric toothbrush. Flossing is also essential. Floss your implants using an un-waxed or implant-specific floss, and be sure to reach into all crevices surrounding the implant using a floss-threader, if necessary. Using antimicrobial mouthwash is also wise, especially to reach the places that are difficult to floss and brush.
While cleaning your implants is similar to properly maintaining natural teeth and gums, you will also need to care for the areas where your implants meet your gums. Dr. Eastman may suggest using a specially-designed inter-dental brush to reach into all those small crevices. These brushes make it easier to remove plaque that can build up between the teeth and the sides of the implant. Dr. Eastman may also recommend you use disclosing tablets that indicate areas of plaque buildup so you can adjust your daily cleaning routine accordingly.
Improving Your Dental Health and Appearance
Dental implants can restore the beauty of your smile and can last a lifetime with the right care. To learn more about how to care for your implants, contact our office today.