Dental Implant Aftercare – Gainesville, VA
Make Your New Smile Last for Life
Dental implants are a truly remarkable way to replace any number of missing teeth. If you’ve recently had them placed, you’re probably in awe of the way your smile looks and feels these days. In fact, your new teeth can last for decades – maybe even a lifetime! However, they will only do so if you practice proper dental implant maintenance. Below are some tips to help you keep up with your oral health and make your new smile last for life.
Make Oral Hygiene A Priority
The greatest potential threat to your implants is infection in the gum tissue that supports them. If bacteria sneak into this area, it could result in implant failure. On the bright side, most oral infections are preventable with good oral hygiene. Remember to always:
- Brush your teeth twice daily. Make sure to clean around the gumline as well as your restoration’s surface.
- Floss at least once a day. If you have an implant-retained bridge, thread the floss underneath the artificial teeth between your crowns.
- Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. Do might recommend certain products that are best for patients with dental implants.
- Drink plenty of water. Water helps rinse away dangerous bacteria.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Injuries or physical trauma may also harm your implants. If you receive a hard blow to the mouth during a sporting event, for example, it could break your restoration or damage the bone supporting the implant. also, if you have bruxism (a condition in which you grind your teeth at night), that constant pressure can place unwanted stress on the implants and lead to damage.
The best way to avoid these problems is with a customized oral appliance. Our team can provide you with a personalized mouthguard or nightguard to create cushioning that protects your implants and remaining natural teeth from trauma, ensuring they last much longer. If you regularly grind your teeth because of a stressful lifestyle, you might benefit from learning stress-management techniques, like yoga, meditation, and journaling.
Schedule Regular Recall Visits
Even patients who have had all their pearly whites replaced with dental implants should still attend checkups and cleanings at least twice a year. During these appointments, we’ll examine your mouth and thoroughly clean your restorations. We might also remove the restorations to clean the abutments underneath them.
It’s also important to keep an eye on your implants in between your checkups. If you notice anything strange or uncomfortable – such as an implant shifting around or causing you pain – contact D Smiles Family Dentistry right away. Our team can take x-rays and thoroughly examine the area to diagnose and then treat the issue.