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How to care for dental implants

Advances in implant dentistry have allowed numerous patients to benefit from a durable tooth replacement option that approximates the natural tooth in form and function.

Implants Before After

Implants are quickly becoming the standard choice for replacing a missing tooth. If you’ve benefited from implant dentistry in San Diego, you’ll want to protect that investment and take good care of your implants. It’s also important to maintain good oral hygiene habits to avoid negative outcomes, such as periodontal disease, that may affect your overall health.

In the first few weeks after the implants are placed, patients should maintain a softer diet than normal, gradually adding in harder foods as the healing process proceeds.

In many ways, long-term care for implants is the same as care for natural teeth. You must continue to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, and at least rinse the mouth thoroughly after meals (if you are unable to brush or floss) to clear away any remaining food debris.

With a single dental implant, patients can brush and floss in the same way as they would with natural teeth. If the implants are securing an entire arch of artificial teeth, patients should use a small brush and floss to clean the abutments, or posts, that anchor the arch in place.

In addition to your oral hygiene routine, other measures can help to preserve your implants. Although implants do not require patients to eliminate any foods from their diets, an implant patient still should avoid biting directly into a hard object. Implant patients should also be diligent in scheduling and keeping follow-up appointments with the oral surgeon as well as regular cleanings and exams with the general dentist.

These appointments offer dental practitioners an opportunity to catch any problems with the implants early, when they can be more easily addressed. With proper care, your dental implants should last for decades. Our implant dentistry team will be able to recommend steps that you can take to extend the life of your dental implants.

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