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Caring For Your Dental Implants

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Weo Admin
a 3D rendering of a dental implantA more stable, stronger, and durable substitute for lost teeth is dental implants. More and more people are receiving these restorations to improve their smiles and rebuild their bite function. While dental implants are strong, they can still develop issues. Dental implants don't erode or form cavities. Even so, it doesn't mean that you don't have to care for the implants. They need to be brushed, flossed, and maintained properly. Each implant features a post that is fastened into the jawbone through the gum. If you neglect to floss and brush, biofilm and debris may build up, resulting in infection and possible implant failure.

Issues with Dental Implants

Bacteria is likely to move below the gumline, causing tissue inflammation and accelerating jawbone loss. When you fail to maintain proper dental implant care, you could have the tissue around them begin to bleed, a condition referred to as mucositis. The gums may also swell and inflame. Chewing and bite issues are also likely to occur.

Loose implants and pain around the gums are other problems that may arise. When infection occurs around the gum tissue surrounding the implants, it causes a condition referred to as peri-implantitis.

How to Care for your Implants

An implant surgery helps in stabilizing the posts, however, it takes several months to heal properly. Dental implant care involves consuming soft foods and liquids for the first few days after the surgery. Make sure you avoid anything spicy and stick with cold-temperature or bland foods. Also, avoid alcohol for about 3 days. Further, you need to ensure daily care, which entails brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and low-abrasion toothpaste.

An interdental brush also works for brushing between the implants. Make sure you brush under and around the crowns of your dental implants. Waterpik or irrigator can help get rid of remaining food particles. Continue seeing a dentist every six months. Visit our prosthodontist to discover more about dental implants.

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