Dental implants offer patients a tooth replacement option that is convenient in many ways. One of those is day-to-day maintenance. In most cases, dental implants do not require any special care beyond the same good oral hygiene habits that you keep to preserve your biological teeth.
After the oral surgeon places the dental implant in the jaw and the surrounding bone forms the necessary bond with the device, the implant-supported crown is able to stand alone without support from neighboring teeth. Therefore, there is no structure that restricts access to the gumline, as is the case with a traditional dental bridge. Patients can brush and floss around a dental implant in the same way they do with their natural teeth. No special tools, like floss threaders, are required.
An implant-supported bridge or denture may require a special technique, such as sliding the appliance down in order to floss along the gumline. Your oral surgeon will instruct you in the specifics of caring for your appliance.
Of course, professional dental care is another important aspect of maintaining your dental implants.
Of course, professional dental care is another important aspect of maintaining your dental implants. Be sure to follow up for cleanings and exams at least every six months, or more frequently if recommended by your dentist. Alert the dental hygienist to the location of the dental implant, as special instruments may be needed in a professional cleaning.
Keep in mind that dental implants, while very strong, are not indestructible – just like your natural teeth. Don’t chew any non-food items with your dental implants (and you shouldn’t be biting on those kinds of things with your biological teeth either!) or engage in any other activities that could harm your natural teeth, as well as your dental implants.
Patients must take good care of their dental implants to get the greatest benefit from them. Take the necessary steps to prevent plaque and tartar buildup that can cause gum disease and bone loss, which can threaten the stability of your dental implants. Don’t hesitate to ask one of our expert providers at Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery if you have any questions about maintaining your dental implants.