Keeping Your Dental Implants Healthy
The key to the long-term success of your dental implants is ongoing maintenance. Dental implant care and maintenance is a lot like caring for natural teeth. You need to brush and floss daily and attend regular cleanings at your dentist’s office. When properly cared for, dental implants have a success rate of over 95 percent.
At Gulf Coast Periodontics in Victoria, TX, we offer high-quality dental implants designed to last for decades. Our periodontist, Dr. Rick Heard, can provide instructions and advice about caring for your dental implants so you can maintain your smile for a lifetime.
Why Is Implant Maintenance Important?
Without consistent daily care, dental implants can develop complications, particularly gum disease. An early, common sign is inflammation and bleeding around the tooth. Known as mucositis, this condition is reversible if caught early. Left unchecked, though, mucositis can progress to peri-implantitis and eventually bone loss. When this occurs, your implant will likely need removal.
Care for Your Implants at Home
For the most part, caring for dental implants is the same as maintaining your natural teeth. Your implant-supported restoration must be kept clean and free from plaque buildup with brushing and flossing. We recommend using a soft manual or electric brush and low-abrasive toothpaste. Dr. Heard or your dentist may also recommend:
- Antimicrobial mouth rinses
- Interdental brushes
- Disclosing tablets to identify plaque accumulation
You may need to change your flossing or brushing technique to make sure you reach all surfaces of your restoration, as well. Often, wrapping the floss fully around a crown like a lasso provides more effective results.
Consistent at-home maintenance and regular dental appointments can protect your investment and ensure your smile stays healthy for years to come.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Keeping your implants healthy requires more than at-home care, though. You also need to attend regular exams and professional cleanings. The team at your dentist’s office has the training and tools to remove all instances of plaque and bacteria for a clean, healthy smile. At your appointment, your dentist should:
- Take an x-ray to examine the implants
- Measure the gums around the implant
- Check the bite
- Examine all components attached to the implant
- Assess the stability of your implant and look for looseness
Your dentist can give you recommendations to improve your home care routine, as well. If they notice any issues with your gum health or your implants, they may refer you back to our office for further examination and treatment. At Gulf Coast Periodontics, we offer a full range of periodontal and implantology services and can provide preventative treatments to protect the health of your restored smile.
Keep Your Smile Healthy
Before you decide to undergo implant treatment, we recommend sitting down with Dr. Heard to learn more about the maintenance implants require. Be sure you are prepared to commit to caring for your implants. Consistent at-home maintenance and regular dental appointments can protect your investment and ensure your smile stays healthy for years to come. To find out more about dental implants or our other services at Gulf Coast Periodontics, call (361) 573-1014 or contact us online today.