Caring for Dental Implants
Caring for dental implants is very similar to how you would care for your natural teeth. It is important to brush and floss twice a day, along with biannual visits to your dentist for a professional exam and cleaning.
While dental implants are impenetrable to decay, that does not mean that they cannot fail. The soft and hard tissues that surround an implant are still subject to the harm that can be caused by plaque buildup. With your normal teeth, excessive plaque accumulation can lead to tooth decay and eventually gum disease. With dental implants, a disease similar to gum disease that is called peri-implantitis can rapidly deteriorate the tissues surrounding your implant. If it gets bad enough, your implant will fail.
When you are brushing, it is important to use a soft bristle brush and fluoride toothpaste. Flossing is especially important when it comes to removing food particles that can get stuck between your teeth and the implants. Some patients find it helpful to use an interdental toothbrush when cleaning their implants.
It is best to quit smoking before your dental implants are placed. The chemicals found in tobacco products interfere with the natural healing process of the body and can make it harder for your implants to properly osseointegrate into your bone. Smoking after the implants are placed can increase the chances of implant failure.
If you have any additional questions about caring for your dental implants, contact our expert in dental implant in Beverly Hills to schedule a consultation.
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