Do Dental Implants Require Special Care?

Implant dentistry has revolutionized care for those with missing teeth. Implants are a permanent, natural-looking alternative to traditional dentures that can restore your smile to its original appearance. With proper care and maintenance, your implants can last many years, keeping your smile beautiful and your jawbone healthy.

Short-Term Care After Implants

Immediately after your procedure, you will require diligent care to ensure you heal properly. Your dentist will provide instructions, but typical aftercare includes Antibiotics, special antiseptic mouthwash, ice and medication to reduce discomfort.

It is very important to follow these instructions closely. If you do not, you may encounter infection, leading to serious side effects. Thorough healing is paramount to a successful procedure.

Long-Term Implant Care

After you have completely healed, long-term care is fairly straightforward. Care of dental implants is not very different from caring for your original teeth. You should brush and floss, making sure the implants are kept clean. Brushing and flossing also helps keep your gums healthy.

In addition, you should avoid foods, beverages and other substances that could stain, chip or otherwise damage your new teeth. Like your natural teeth, your implants can become discolored if they are exposed to coffee, tea, fruit juices or nicotine. They can also chip or break if you bite hard objects or if you suffer trauma to your face in an accident or sports injury.

Having this procedure doesn’t mean you can skip your routine visits to the dentist. Visiting the dentist every six months ensures that your remaining teeth are free of decay, that your gums are healthy and that no problems or complications have developed related to your implants. Unlike dentures, implants do not have to be adjusted or refitted, but diligent care is a must.

If you are considering dental implants or have questions on how to care for them, contact our Plano office today and schedule your professional consultation.

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