Implant care has a major effect on how long your new teeth last. You’re probably extremely excited to replace lost, broken or diseased teeth, but don’t let that distract you from one of your most important responsibilities: keeping those implants (and their crowns and your gums) healthy!
Implants Have a Lot to Offer
Implants are known as the longest-lasting tooth replacement option — decades longer than bridges. But that depends heavily on how well you take care of them. You may think that since they’re “fake” teeth, you don’t have to extend the same level of effort to keep them clean and healthy, but that’s inaccurate.
Right After Your Procedure
After your implant is in place but before the crown is placed, you can facilitate fast healing by icing the area and consuming cold foods and drinks to reduce swelling. Don’t touch the implant or brush it while it’s healing, but use the mouthwash provided by your surgeon.
Daily Hygiene Is Vital
After the procedure is complete and your crowns are in place, it’s time to implement an in-depth daily hygiene routine. Brush twice a day, but make sure you prioritize flossing as well, especially around the implant. make sure no particles of food are stuck between the crown and your gumline. This can lead to destabilization of the implant through gum disease and decay in the surrounding teeth.
And if you smoke, quit! Smoking will prevent your mouth from healing and it can put you at risk for gum disease and tooth decay. Maybe smoking is part of the reason you needed implants in the first place. Now is the perfect time to quit — it’s one of the best ways you can take care of your implants.
What to Avoid
Try not to brush your implants with an abrasive toothpaste. This can wear away the glossy enamel and make the crowns look dull.
Visit your general dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and exam, unless they require you to make appointments more often.
Your Dedicated Oral Surgery Team
Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery’s team is dedicated to success. We will make sure you know how to manage implant care from the moment you’re out of surgery. Our patients enjoy personalized care and attention, leading to satisfaction and successful results. Call today to learn more about what our team can do for you.