Caring for your smile properly can help you prevent tooth loss, but if you do lose one or more teeth, then you can still preserve your smile by replacing them with dental implants. Like your natural teeth, however, implants will only last if you take good care of them, including practicing good home hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. To improve the results of your treatment, we offer a few tips to care for your dental implants the way they’re meant to be cared for, both at home and at our office.
Brush and floss them like natural teeth
The good thing about implant restorations is that they closely mimic natural, healthy teeth, down to the roots that support them. Implant posts, which resemble tooth roots, are placed in the jawbone and utilized to support a crown, bridge, or denture. Therefore, caring for them is similar to caring for your natural teeth—be sure to brush and floss at least twice every day to prevent plaque buildup that could lead to serious oral health concerns.
Treat dental issues as soon as they appear.
Restorations supported by dental implants are crafted from dental materials like porcelain, which are not susceptible to tooth decay. However, the gums that surround and support your implants can still be susceptible to gum disease, which develops from excessive oral bacteria. Gum disease erodes the tissues and jawbone structures that support your teeth—and your dental implants—and if not treated, it can lead to the shifting and failure of your dental implants. If your dentist notices the development of gum disease during your routine examination, then don’t hesitate to receive treatment as soon as possible to avoid the condition from complicating your implant restoration.
Take Good Care of Your Implants and Your Smile
Taking good care of your dental implants can help ensure the long-term health, beauty, and integrity of your new smile! To schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright, call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.