Dental Implant Aftercare – Longview, TX
Learn How to Care for Dental Implants
Have you joined over 500,000 people this year who
replaced their missing teeth with dental implants? That is great! You made an excellent decision for
your oral health and your quality of life. With over a 95% success rate,
you can enjoy a solution that can last for several decades with the right
aftercare. To protect your investment, it is best to care for your new
smile every day.
(903) 206-3464 to schedule an appointment in our Longview, TX office to discuss how you
can care for your dental implants.
Make Oral Hygiene A Priority
Although dental implants are not subject to tooth decay, any remaining
natural teeth can still develop cavities. The biggest threat to the longevity
of your new smile involves a preventable infection that is like gum disease.
To protect any remaining natural teeth and to lower your risk of infection,
you need to keep your oral hygiene at the top of your priority list.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to clean your
teeth and restorations at least twice per day. Clean all surfaces for
at least 2 minutes each session.
- Floss between your natural teeth and around your abutments at least once
a day to remove harmful food particles, plaque, and bacteria. You may
find a waterflosser to be easier to clean those hard-to-reach places.
- We may recommend the use of an antimicrobial mouthrinse to help fight harmful
bacteria in your mouth.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Besides your home oral hygiene habits, take the time to protect your dental
implants from damage due to trauma, injury, or strain. If you participate
in sports, wear an athletic mouthguard. This helps to prevent the implant
or restoration from breaking if there is trauma to your face or mouth.
If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth at night, a nightguard
provides a protective barrier between the top and bottom teeth to reduce
strain and pressure. This helps to reduce the risk of implant failure
by keeping it securely fused to your jawbone.
Schedule Regular Recall Visits
In addition to your home care, you also need to see your dentist at least
twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. During your appointments, we
not only check the health of your remaining teeth but the stability and
function of your dental implants as well. If a concerning issue is found,
early detection and treatment allow us to quickly intervene to save your
smile from implant failure.
If a problem arises between your semi-annual appointments, like pain, swelling,
or feeling that the implant is loose, do not wait until your next visit.
Contact our office right away for an appointment.
You can enjoy a beautiful, functional smile that can last for several decades
with the right care. If you have any questions about caring for your dental
implants, do not hesitate to
contact our office.