are a remarkable innovation in dental technology. Not only are they fully functional replacements for your natural teeth, they have the ability to last forever
. But only if you take proper care of them.
In general, taking proper care of your dental implants isn’t any harder than taking care of your natural teeth, but we may recommend a few modifications from your current routine. Here are some factors to consider when thinking about maintaining your dental implants.
What’s Your Current Hygiene Routine?
Normal daily hygiene isn’t always enough to ensure you keep your teeth. But it is an important factor, and if you’ve lost one or more teeth we need to evaluate your current oral hygiene routine. Especially if your teeth were lost to gum disease.
Brushing your teeth twice daily is recommended, but in some cases it’s not enough. We may recommend that you brush more often with dental implants. We may also recommend that you brush less often or brush differently. Brushing too aggressively can also damage teeth and gums, and may lead to tooth loss.
Daily flossing can help protect you against the development of gum disease. Unfortunately, few people floss daily. If you haven’t been flossing, we’ll recommend that you start or do it more frequently.
Regular dental checkups may be even more important for dental implants than for natural teeth. Natural teeth are more likely to hurt if something’s wrong. Dental implants may not hurt until they’re past the point of easy treatment. So we’ll stress the importance of regular dental checkups. If you have a history of gum disease, we may even recommend more frequent checkups for a while so we can evaluate the effectiveness of your new oral hygiene routine.
What Are Your Hygiene Tools?
It’s also crucial that you have the right kinds of hygiene tools for maintaining your dental implants. For many people, this will just be a standard toothbrush and dental floss. But in other cases, we may have to make some different recommendations.
We may recommend a different shape brush or a different style of brush to help you do a better job of brushing your teeth. If you’re having trouble accessing all the spots in your mouth, a different shape of brush or type of handle might help. An electric toothbrush can help if you have difficulty making the small motions necessary to remove plaque.
Floss is great, but not everyone can use it. For many people, interdental brushes can make it easier to clean out around dental implants and under dental bridges. Or maybe a different type of floss will help. Tufted floss might help clean out around dental implants.
Most toothpastes that are good for teeth are good for implant restorations. But we’ll want to make sure you’re not using one that’s too abrasive.
Mouthwash may not be necessary, but if it is, we’ll let you know which ones are appropriate for you.
And don’t forget to think about on-the-go options. Dental implants can help you lead a more active and happy life, but don’t let that life interfere with maintaining your implants.
Let’s Talk about Your Future Dental Implants
If you have lost one or more teeth or are facing the loss of your teeth, dental implants are the best replacement option. And proper care can make sure that option gives you the best results for a lifetime. We’ll also make sure you understand the role of nutrition and healthy living in maintaining dental implants.
If you want to learn more about your future with dental implants, please call (615) 383-6787 today for an appointment with Nashville, TN implant dentist Dr. Kent E. White at the Center for Advanced Dentistry.