In the United States, an estimated 3 million people have dental implants, a number that is growing by 500,000 annually. Because dental implants bond with natural bone and effectively support replacement teeth, they are the perfect solution to fill in the empty space left by a missing tooth. However, to ensure a long and healthy implant lifespan, it is crucial that you properly care for dental implants and have a professional regularly check them. Here at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD, Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore are here to help you clean and inspect your teeth and implants.
Dental implants are surgically placed into your jawbone
After the implant has been positioned in your mouth, it fuses with the bone over several months, acting as the root of the missing tooth. An artificial tooth, a permanent bridge, or a denture can then be attached to the implant.
Right after implant surgery
- Apply ice if needed
- Don’t disturb the surgical areas
- Rinse with salt water daily
- Eat soft foods and nutrient-rich drinks and foods
- Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush
- Schedule regular post-operative appointments with a dentist at our Silver Spring office
Ongoing implant care
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Brush at least twice a day to remove food debris and bacteria.
- Brush under and around the dental implant crown using an angled-neck toothbrush or an interdental brush with a slim head.
- Use toothpaste without abrasive ingredients, bleach, or chlorine-based solutions since these might damage or discolor the implants.
- Use a water flosser or dental water jet. They clean hard-to-reach areas more effectively.
- Eat a healthy diet and stop smoking. Smoking can weaken and inflame the gums, and can stain the crowns.
- If you grind your teeth, seek treatment right away. Teeth grinding can put excess pressure on your implant and cause damage.
Prioritize proper oral care
Here at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD, we perform regular dental checkups and professional cleanings to confirm that your implants are functioning properly and that you are maintaining good oral health. Contact us at (301) 384-6000 for appointment information.