Dental implants are a great restorative option for many patients. Patients report that they can chew with their dental implants as well as they can with natural teeth. Some say that they cannot tell a difference between the implant and the surrounding natural teeth and forget that it is there. These natural-looking restorations have come a long way in recent years and can last the patient a long time when properly cared for. For patients who have Brooklyn dental implants placed, there are some important steps to take in caring for them. These recommendations are much like care tips for natural teeth, adding to the convenience of dental implants.
Brush the Implant and Surrounding Teeth
An implant is placed into the bone and a natural-looking crown (cap) is attached to the implant. You should brush this area just like you would your natural teeth. Be sure that you are brushing all the way to the gum line so that you are not missing plaque that is sitting around the bottom of the implant crown. It is important to note that although you should brush the tooth all the way to the gum line, you do not want to scrub on your gums as this can abrade them over time.
Floss Around the Implant Crown
Flossing is an important part of your daily oral hygiene routine. You must floss to remove plaque between your teeth where your toothbrush has limited access. It is especially important that you floss around your implant; plaque can be wedged between your implant crown margin and your gums and can wreak havoc on the success of an implant over time. Meticulous oral hygiene should be observed by all people but especially those with dental restorations.
See Your Dentist Regularly
Your dentist can take X-rays of your dental implant that show things that cannot be seen just by looking in the mouth. It is important that you follow your dentist’s recommendations on care of your implant and their schedule for taking X-rays of this area. Regular dental appointments are important for all people but especially for those with implants so that the success of the treatment can be evaluated over time.
Implants are a dental restoration that can benefit patients for many years if they are properly maintained. Be sure that you protect the investment you have made into this treatment by following all recommendations about the care of your implant.