How to Care for New Dental Implants
If you are dealing with missing teeth and are exploring your options, dental implants are one of the best ways to restore your smile.
The procedure can help patients regain the full function and appearance of their teeth, and with the right maintenance, they can last for decades. Maintaining great oral health practices is essential to ensuring the longevity of a dental implant, whether it’s a singular implant or a partial or full arch denture-supported implant.
If you’re wondering how to care for a new implant, check this short blog post for some great tips!
How to Care for a Single Implant
Caring for a dental implant is not that different from caring for your natural teeth. You will essentially need to:
- Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Switch to a low-abrasive toothpaste
- Cleanse the mouth after you eat with gentle mouthwash or fluoride water
- Be diligent in brushing around and under the implant crown
- Floss your teeth daily, and use implant floss for the dental implant
- See the dentist for routine appointments
How to Care for Implant-Supported Dentures
Unlike a singular implant, implant-supported dentures can restore part of the full arch of your jaw. Caring for them is a little different than caring for a singular implant:
- Remove your dentures daily and soak them in a special denture cleaner
- Clean your gums before putting the dentures back in
- Gently brush your denture with a special brush and rinse them before placing them back in
- Inspect the prosthetic for damage, and contact your dentist right away if you notice they are worn out
What Happens If You Damage an Implant?
Dental implants are made up of three elements:
- Metal root
- Dental crown
For implant-supported dentures, patients will generally receive 4 or more implants inserted in their jaw and a single denture attached on top.
When talking about implant damage, in most cases, it’s the dental crown or denture that's been affected. It’s very rare for the abutment or root to suffer damage, and it usually only happens as a result of an accident or direct blow to the mouth.
If the dental crown or dentures get damaged, such as breaking, chipping, staining, or others, they can simply be replaced. The dentist will take a mold of your mouth and have another crown or denture made for you.
Interested in Dental Implants in Redmond? Let’s Talk
Dr. Daniel Bickel can help you discover if dental implants are the right solution for you or provide another course of action that will restore the health and look of your smile.
Book an appointment at Redmond Art of Dentistry online to get started and stop by our office.
Want to find out more about dental implants or our services? Then simply call our team at (425) 883-1331 for a short chat.