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Caring for Dental Implants—Vero Beach, FL

How to Take Care of Dental Implants

Dental implants can easily last for a lifetime with the right aftercare, but what all does this entail? Fortunately, taking care of dental implants is relatively simple, and it won’t add countless steps to your daily oral hygiene routine. Here is a quick and easy list of tips on how to maintain your implants:

1. Practice routine oral hygiene

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Implants rarely fail, but when they do, the most common cause is an infection called peri-implantitis. This can develop if too much plaque and bacteria have been allowed to accumulate around the base of an implant, and it can literally break down the gum and bone tissue holding the post in place.

Thankfully, preventing this from happening is as easy as brushing and flossing consistently. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss in the evening before you go to bed. During both activities, make sure to spend time cleaning around the base of the implant. You can also rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash or use an interdental brush to clean those hard-to-reach areas.

2. Keep your smile protected

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Even though implants are extremely strong, just like your real teeth, they aren’t invincible. To make sure your implants don’t experience any trauma, you should:

  • Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports, whether or not the game involves any physical contact.
  • If you grind your teeth while you sleep, your dentist can provide you with an oral appliance that will keep your smile protected while you slumber. This will have the added benefit of preserving the rest of your teeth as well!
  • Try not to bite down on extremely hard things such as ice, popcorn kernels, certain candies, pens, pencils, fingernails, and so on.
  • If you’re having trouble opening a package, don’t use your teeth as a tool—go get the scissors instead!

3. Don’t forget about us!

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You’ll be advised to get regular checkups and cleanings every 6 months after you’ve gotten implants, and you should definitely not skip these visits. They’ll give Dr. Jones the chance to examine your implants and make sure they are in tip-top condition. If there is an issue, they can help you fix it right away. You should also contact our office if you experience any pain, bleeding, or looseness with your implants as well, as this could indicate an underlying problem.

As you can see, looking after your implants isn’t really a chore—you basically take care of them just like your real teeth! That’s really all that’s needed to safeguard your complete smile and make sure you enjoy it for decades to come.

To learn more tips about how to maintain your dental implants, contact us today.