Dental Implant Maintenance: Getting the Most out of Your Restorations
Drs. Joseph D. Murray and William Alexander want to to set the stage for your successful dental implant experience by providing you with information on dental implant maintenance. At our East Point, GA, practice, we can guide you during the initial weeks following your surgery to reduce discomfort and lessen your recovery time. Our tips for ongoing implant care can help you enjoy decades of successful implant usage, which improves your smile and overall quality of life.
The Days and Weeks after Implant Surgery
In the days immediately following your dental implant surgery, you should take care to avoid irritating the incision sites. Your doctor will advise you to eat soft foods and gently rinse and brush your teeth. You should also avoid strenuous physical activity—which can re-open incision sites—for several days. Rest assured that as your recovery progresses, you can resume eating a complete diet. In fact, with fully integrated implants, you will typically be free to eat whatever foods you like.
Ongoing Care for Restorations
After you have fully recovered, you should protect your implants to enjoy maximum implant longevity. With the right care, dental implants can last decades, if not a lifetime.
Luckily, it is just as easy and straightforward to maintain dental implants as it is to maintain your natural teeth. Plan on brushing your teeth at least twice a day, particularly after meals and before bed. Flossing with dental implants is also just like with natural teeth: it should be done at least once a day, and the floss should glide between your gum line and the restoration.
Additionally, we recommend that you stay current with professional cleanings and exams at least twice per year. At these regular appointments, your dentist will inspect your restorations, ensuring their structural integrity. The cleanings will also eliminate oral bacteria, thereby reducing your risk for decay of existing teeth and periodontal disease. Treating such oral health problems may require alterations to the restoration or undermine the implant.
With the right care, dental implants can last decades, if not a lifetime.
The Importance of Dental Implant Maintenance
While dental implant material is biocompatible and invulnerable to decay, oral bacteria can still impact your restorations and possibly contribute to implant failure. Bacteria can build up along your gum line if oral hygiene routines are not consistently followed. Eventually, bacteria can penetrate deeper into your soft tissues, and form pockets between the tooth and gums. As the pockets increase in size, your gums recede further from your jawbone and away from your dental implants. As a result, the posts can become loose, and run the risk of displacement. For this reason, it is imperative that you protect your investment in your oral health by maintaining proper oral hygiene.
Find out How to Achieve a Lasting Smile
Dental implants can restore the form and function of your smile, providing unparalleled support to dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. You can find out more about the most effective ways to care for dental implants by contacting us online or calling us at (404) 348-7889.
"As a family practice, we understand the importance of providing treatments for patients of any age. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive cosmetic, restorative, and implant treatments."Dr. Murray