How To Maintain Your Dental Implants
Dental Implant Provider in Forest Hills & Queens, NY
When you made the life-changing decision to get dental implants, you probably learned that one of the advantages of this golden standard for teeth replacement is that their daily care is similar to that of your natural teeth. That includes brushing twice and flossing once daily and attending professional cleanings and checkups at our office.
Importance Of Oral Hygiene & Caring For Your Dental Implants
The problem often lies in the fact that many of us don’t keep up with regular dental visits or adequately clean our natural teeth.
Here are some tips for getting the daily cleaning done right.
- Brush for a full 2 minutes.
- Brush gently with a soft toothbrush.
- Give attention to all sides of each tooth.
- Use a tartar-control toothpaste.
- Floss around every tooth, natural and artificial.
Taking Care of Your Dental Implants
It is imperative that you care for your implants at home and that you come in regularly to our dental office so we can accurately assess your implant health and probe and measure the gums around your implants, much like we do with your natural teeth. When you come in for a checkup, we check and compare your x-rays, your bite, and all the components that are attached to the screw that is in your jaw to ensure they are all working properly.
What Happens If I Don’t Take Care of My Dental Implants?
Daily care is essential for the prevention of implant problems. If you’ve neglected your teeth and have noticed some bleeding, this is the first indication that you may have mucositis, an inflammation of the oral tissues due to inadequate implant care and maintenance. This uncomfortable condition is treatable if caught early. But if left alone, it can lead to bone loss, which is not reversible, and ultimately, implant failure.
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Keep in mind that even if you did not have your implants placed in our office, Drs. Pelts and Zhukovsky are happy to take over their maintenance and keep them in good shape. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to call us today!