Oral Hygiene for Dental Implants
Dental implants are titanium root forms that replace the root of the natural tooth and can be used to anchor prosthetic teeth, such as porcelain crowns, bridges or dentures. Considered a permanent solution to tooth loss, dental implants can last decades when properly maintained, and they have an extremely high success rate.
Because the new tooth is anchored firmly in your jaw, it will look, feel and act just like your own natural teeth. You will also need to maintain good dental hygiene just as though it were your own tooth. Even though the porcelain of the prosthetic tooth will not decay, the gums surrounding the implant will still be vulnerable to plaque, bacteria and gum disease, and any remaining natural teeth you have can still decay. Brush two times daily with fluoride toothpaste, and floss daily with a nylon floss or interdental cleaner. Biannual dental checkups are essential to ensuring your dental health is stable and your gums free of infection.
Immediately after your dental implants have been placed, you may need more frequent dental checkups. Our dentist will examine your teeth, gums and jaw to ensure there is no infection and that the jaw remains strong and healthy. Inflammation at the implant site can increase your risk of complications, such as gum disease and bone loss, and the implant may become exposed.