Dental implants are designed to withstand the everyday rigors of chewing and biting. They are strong and durable, but you need to take care of them to keep them functioning and looking their best. So how do I take care of my dental implant? Luckily, dental implant care is fairly straightforward. In fact, nothing’s really changed. You’ll still take care of your implants the same way you care for your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss regularly, and attend your regular visits with Dr. Matt Laurich and Dr. Dennis Laurich to ensure your implants, neighboring teeth and gums are as healthy as can be.
Before Dental Implant Procedure
Before the actual replacement tooth is attached to the implant post, you may want to avoid harshly abrasive toothpaste, i.e., toothpaste designed to get rid of significant staining. These abrasives may damage the threads of the posts or irritate the gum and soft tissue surrounding the posts, causing inflammation or bleeding.
Post Dental Implants
As the implant heals and “settles in,” a special kind of protective tissue called “keratinized” tissue will form where the dental implant meets your gum. This also helps ensure that the implant is protected from bacteria.
As you care for your implants, always look for signs of infection, like swollen, tender, or bleeding gums – just as you normally would. If you’re nervous about caring for dental implants or you feel you may be reluctant to floss around them, ask our Laurich Dentistry team to provide you with more post dental implant care tips.
Your dental implants represent a considerable investment both in time and money, so it’s only natural you’d try to keep them in the best condition. Remember: dental implants are designed to replace your natural teeth so they should be treated the same way as you care for your natural teeth. You’ll soon become as used to your new implants as you are to your natural teeth, and caring for them will become second nature.