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Maintaining a Dental Implant Over the Years

Is maintaining a dental implant difficult? This is a question our team gets all the time, especially when our patients are deciding if they should get dental implants, bridges or crowns.

What makes dental implants stand out is their longevity. Implants are designed to last up to 25 years. The reason it’s “up to” is because if you don’t care for your dental implant, it won’t be a permanent solution.

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But maintaining a dental implant isn’t rocket science, it just takes some dedication.

Recovering from Implant Placement Procedure

Bleeding and swelling is normal after the placement of dental implants, especially in the first 24 hours. Use ice to bring down inflammation and gauze to control bleeding at the surgical site.

Follow your oral surgeon’s recommendations when it comes to taking antibiotics, pain medications and caring for the implant during the healing process. Rinsing with warm salt water and brushing gently around the implant site can help keep your mouth clean while the implant heals.

Decay Is the Primary Threat

At least 95 percent of dental implants are placed successfully and last many years. Any failure is usually due to surgical error or because the patient failed to properly maintain them.

The No. 1 enemy of your dental implant is the same enemy you defend your regular teeth against: decay. Biofilm can collect on dental implants just like it collects on natural teeth, turning into tartar and creating eroding bacterial forces that can damage supportive bone structures.

Daily Cleaning Will Make Your Implant Last

Long-lasting implants depend on healthy tissues to support them over the years, so daily cleaning and flossing should be your main focus. Brush your teeth at least twice per day and floss at least once per day. Use mouthwash to rinse away bacteria, and make sure you’re getting enough fluoride to support healthy tooth structures on either side your implant.

Visit the Dentist at Least Once Every Six Months

Your dentist will want to clean and inspect your teeth at least twice per year, but perhaps more often if you have dental implants. It’s essential to stick to your maintenance schedule.

Trust Your Oral Surgeon’s Guidance

Maintaining a dental implant isn’t hard, not when you have the backing of a dedicated oral surgery team like Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. We’re here for you through every step of the process, from selecting the right tooth restoration option to finishing your implant placement procedure. Contact us today to learn more about us and why we do what we do.