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Dental Implant Care

How to Care for Your Dental Implants the Right Way

Dental implants are a great solution for those who have lost a tooth or teeth due to an accident, injury, or any other reason. These implants are artificial roots made of titanium, which are surgically implanted into the jawbone and act as a foundation for artificial teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants offer a permanent and comfortable replacement for missing teeth, making them an increasingly popular option for many patients. If you are a patient at College Hill Dental Group and have recently received dental implants, it is important to care for them properly to ensure their longevity and prevent infections. 

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Brushing and Flossing

Just like natural teeth, dental implants require regular brushing and flossing to prevent plaque buildup and bacterial infections. It is recommended to brush your implants twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Be careful not to use hard-bristled or abrasive toothbrushes that can damage the implant or cause scratches on the denture. Flossing is also a crucial part of implant care as it helps remove food particles and plaque that can lead to gum disease or even implant failure. If you find it difficult to floss around the implant, you can use interdental brushes or water flossers to clean between the teeth.

Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks

While dental implants are strong and durable, they still require special care to avoid damage or contamination. You should avoid hard and sticky foods that can dislodge or break the implant, such as hard candy, popcorn, and caramel. You should also limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks that can cause tooth decay, such as soda, coffee, and citrus fruits. Drinking plenty of water can help maintain a healthy pH balance in your mouth and prevent dry mouth, which can lead to bad breath and other dental problems.

Regular Check-ups

Even if your dental implants feel comfortable and look great, it is still important to schedule regular check-ups with your dentist at College Hill Dental Group. Routine exams and cleanings can help detect any potential issues early on and prevent them from becoming serious problems down the line. Your dentist at College Hill Dental Group can also ensure that your implant is properly aligned and that the surrounding gums and bones are healthy.

Quit Smoking

If you are a smoker, it’s crucial to quit smoking to avoid implant failure and other health complications. Smoking can delay the healing process after implant surgery and increase the risk of infection and gum disease. It can also decrease bone density, which can lead to implant loosening or failure. Talk to your dentist at College Hill Dental Group to find resources and support to quit smoking.

Use a Nightguard

If you grind your teeth at night, it’s important to use a nightguard to protect your dental implants from damage. Grinding can put a lot of pressure on the implant and cause it to become dislodged or even fracture. A nightguard can also protect your natural teeth and prevent jaw pain and headaches.

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Dental implants are a great investment in your oral health and appearance. By following these tips and tricks, you can keep your dental implants healthy and strong for many years to come. Remember to brush and floss regularly, avoid certain foods and drinks, schedule regular check-ups, quit smoking, and use a nightguard if necessary. If you have any concerns or questions about your dental implant care, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dental provider for guidance and support. At College Hill Dental Group, we are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal oral health and beautiful smiles through personalized care and education.

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