As a provider of dental implants in Silver Spring, Maryland, we will give you instructions on how to care for them after the procedure. Dental implants are a lifelong investment, but without regular care, they may not last long at all.
While the implant will not decay, you still need to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth regularly. You also need to floss. The gums and teeth on either side of the implant still need to be cared for.
It is especially important to clean along the gum line of your implants. Implant brushes tailored to this purpose are available and may be helpful to you in keeping your gums clean. By keeping the gum line clean you reduce the risk of bacteria growing and creating inflammation of the gums. If not treated this can eventually cause bone loss, and can lead to you losing the implant.
Regular checkups can identify problems before they get out of hand. Checkups are usually every six months, but in some cases you may need to come in every three months. Cleaning around an implant can be more complex than cleaning a natural tooth. The cleaning process is also much more thorough than what you can do at home. Regular checkups work to ensure you keep your implant for a lifetime.
If You Smoke, Now is a Good Time to Quit
Smokers are at a greater risk of all kinds of problems related to implants. Smoking slows down healing. It is responsible for causing inflammation and bone loss. Again, bone loss can cause the implant to fail.
To make an appointment for your implant consultation at the Silver Spring office of Colesville Dentistry, call us today at (301) 384-6000.