Dental implants offer patients many benefits over traditional tooth replacement options such as dental bridges or dentures. Similar to your own natural teeth, dental implants have both a root and a crown, which creates a prosthetic restoration that can last for decades. Our Los Angeles dental implant expert recommends caring for your dental implants properly to ensure that they last a lifetime.
You may need to maintain a soft diet and avoid smoking immediately following your implant procedure. This gives your new implants an opportunity to heal. Our dentist may provide you with antibiotics, pain medications and further care instructions that will promote healing and reduce the risk of developing complications associated with the dental surgery.
Once your dental implants have healed, you will discover that they are easy to care for, similar to your own natural teeth. Dental implants should be brushed with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Flossing is essential to removing plaque and bacteria from in between teeth and along the gumline. Biannual dental checkups and cleanings are important to keep your smile healthy.
Dental implants are virtually as strong as your own teeth. However, some dental habits can be harmful to your new restorations. Avoid chewing pencils, ice or your fingernails. Contact our dental office today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.