How to Maintain your Dental Implants

Dental implants are ideal for most that have missing and failing teeth. Improper dental hygiene isn’t always the reason that teeth fail. Maintaining your implants may help prevent a painful break or resetting procedure.

Regular Brushing

It is important to brush your teeth twice a day, even if you have implants. The material can still be affected by the food you eat. Food can get lodged between the teeth if you have individual implants.

It is also important to brush regularly to maintain gum health and strength. If your gums are not properly cared for, infections may occur. As gums weaken, the implants may also become less secure, leaving them vulnerable to falling out or becoming damaged.

Thoroughly Rinse your Mouth

After you brush, always rinse your mouth thoroughly. This will help loosen small particles that were not removed by the brush. If there are particles left in your mouth, it can damage the implant. When denture implants are involved, particles of food can get between the natural gum and implant.

If your mouth is not properly rinsed with water and/or mouthwash, food particles and other debris left in your mouth may lead to an infection. The food or particle may begin to rot and allow bacteria to build up. There is more information here about dental implants and caring for your mouth properly

Regular Checkups

Your dentist or oral surgeon will likely suggest regular checkups. This will be to determine how healthy your gums are. The checkup will also look at how well the implants and posts are holding up. Checkups are important to ensure that your implants are not failing or showing unusual signs of wear.

Closing Thoughts

Even if you’ve taken excellent care of your teeth and gums, problems can still happen. Dentures may be a less expensive option, but dental implants may be more convenient. It is important to weigh your options with your dental health provider to discuss the right approach of your personal needs. Implants can be done as individual teeth or as denture implants where a couple of implant posts are inserted for the denture implant to be attached to.