Like your natural teeth, your dental implants will require routine maintenance. Otherwise, the same oral health concerns that would threaten natural teeth can threaten your new ones as well. Fortunately, caring for your smile and your new teeth is easy. In today’s blog, we’ll look at the steps you should take to keep your smile whole and healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions About Maintaining Dental Implants
Question: How long can they last with proper care?
Answer: With proper care and attention they can last for decades. In fact, there is a real potential that they could last a lifetime. However, like natural teeth they are susceptible to serious oral health issues, such as tooth decay or gum disease.
Question: Do I need to brush them?
Answer: Yes. You should brush them along with the rest of your teeth, twice a day. Each session should take at least two minutes and take place in the evening and the morning. We recommend using a toothbrush with soft brittles. If you brush too rough with hard or medium bristles you could inadvertently damage the teeth.
Question: Should I floss?
Answer: Absolutely! You need to floss every night before bed. You should floss on each side of every tooth, including your new dental implant. Flossing removes bits of food a toothbrush’s bristles can’t reach, reducing the risk of both cavities and periodontal disease.
Question: How often should my teeth be cleaned?
Answer: You should see your dentist every six months for a dental cleaning. A cleaning removes plaque, protecting your teeth from gum disease. In addition, the doctor can examine your implants to ensure they are functioning correctly. If you have any questions about maintaining your new teeth then please contact our office today.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Implant Maintenance?
James Stewart, DDS, and our team can help ensure your new teeth last for many years to come. We serve patients from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.