Just like your regular teeth, your implants need routine care and regular checkups. Maintaining oral hygiene is important throughout your dental implant process and after.
It is important to maintain follow-up with your dentist. Even though implants are immune to tooth decay, a preventative care program to follow at home will ensure that your implants are always taken care of and will help you avoid other issues in your mouth, like gum disease.
Dr. Joshua Ignatowicz’s office can set you up with the proper oral hygiene routine and materials for you to use daily with your implants.
I Have Dental Implants, Now What?
Dental implants are a preferred method of solving cosmetic dentistry concerns because of their benefits. Dental implants feel like natural teeth, they do not move or cause the discomforts of tradition dentures, and they do not decay in the future as regular teeth do. Now, with the Teeth in a Day program, you can have your dental implants ready to go in one day. With proper care, these implants can last up to 25 years!
So what happens after you get your implants? This is when it is important to meet with your dentist about a follow-up care routine for your implants. Whether you received a single implant or a full dental bridge, having a clean oral environment is vital for your implants to last longer.
Caring for and Maintaining Dental Implants
Caring for your implants isn’t too different from caring for your regular teeth. Having a good at home regimen will go a long way. Here are some tips for making sure you maintain the best oral hygiene.
- Continue to visit the dentist regularly. Dentist visits aren’t just for cleaning your teeth, but for your gums and overall oral hygiene. If anything is impacting our implants negatively, a dentist will be able to spot it before it becomes an issue.
- Brush and floss twice a day, especially after eating. Just like your regular teeth, you can get food stuck to or in-between your implants. Make sure to clean twice a day to maintain your mouth particle free. Ideally using a soft bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.
- For hard to reach places, you can use an interdental brush or an oral irrigator. It’s likely that food will get stuck in places that you can’t reach with your toothbrush or regular floss. In this case, you want to keep an interdental toothbrush or an oral irrigator handy. These devices can help you get food and bacteria from around or under your implant.
Keeping Your Mouth Healthy
Regular cleaning and dental checkups are going to be vital for maintaining your oral health. Once you’ve gone through the process of getting implants, you want to make sure they stay in that tip-top shape for a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.
If you have implants and are unsure of how to maintain them, or just want to check in with a dentist, contact Dr. Ignatowicz for the best service and expertise in the dental industry.