Losing a tooth is a traumatic experience, so when searching for a tooth replacement solution, you may be tempted to rush into a decision. The better course of action by far is to take your time, evaluate the benefits of different tooth replacement treatments, and then choose the solution that fits in with your life. Here we’ll review how to maintain a dental implant,
Dental implants are small titanium rods that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once the bone and titanium fuse together, the dental implant is capped with a natural-looking restoration. Dental implants, unlike dentures and dental bridges, are not removable for cleaning and maintenance. Rather, you care for your dental implant as you would care for your regular teeth. Our O’Fallon dental implant dentists recommend that you:
Brush and floss as least twice a day to clean plaque away and help prevent dental infections. It’s important also to see your dentist semi-annually for a professional dental cleaning. At this appointment your dentist will also access the health and stability of your implant.
Don’t chew on harmful substances. Dental implants are designed to be strong enough for you to eat and drink normally. Although you can enjoy all of your favorite foods and drinks, it’s still important to avoid chewing hard candies or ice. Both of these things can wear down your dental implants prematurely—they can even cause your restorations to crack or chip.
By following a few simple guidelines and keeping up with your dental health routine, you can help maintain your smile and dental implants for years to come. Before you choose a tooth replacement solution, take the time to discuss your situation and your options with a professional. Give our O’Fallon dental implant dentists a call for more information or to schedule an appointment—(636) 614-1217.