Choosing to improve your smile with the help of dental implants is definitely one of the best decisions you can make, especially if you’ve been battling dental health problems for a while. This restorative dental care procedure uses the most groundbreaking technology in dentistry to offer a success rate of approximately 98%, and the current population of three million Americans with dental implants is increasing by about 500,000 new patients each year.
That being said, this restorative dental care process can be a costly investment -- and in order to maintain a healthy smile and make the investment worth the cost, you have to give your new teeth the proper care. Luckily, that’s not hard to do at all! Here are just a few tips about how to take care of dental implants:
First, it’s important to remember that tooth implant healing takes some time because this restorative dental care procedure is more invasive than a traditional denture fitting -- the implants take the place of your teeth's missing roots, so it’s normal for your mouth to be sore as it adjusts to the new implants. If you notice any excessive inflammation or pain, don’t hesitate to bring up your concerns with your dentist.
Even though dental implants can’t get cavities like your natural teeth can, it’s still important to care for your implants as though they were regular teeth -- which means you still have to brush and floss daily. Bacteria can still build up around your replacement teeth and cause gum disease, and unless you received a full mouth of teeth replacements, this bacteria buildup can lead to tooth decay and cavities in your remaining natural teeth.
Most regular tooth cleaning products (like toothpaste and mouthwash) can be used on dental implants, and if you’ve received single or partial implants, it’s very important to keep these teeth as clean as you normally would. Some brands of toothpaste (or even hard toothbrushes) can wear down the materials of your implants, so be sure to ask your dentist about any restrictions.
Now we’re turning to our readers for some help! If you’ve received dental implants before, what tips would you give to other patients about how to care for implants? Be sure to share your advice, questions, and comments with us!