Some patients that have received dental implants have questions about dental hygiene and other tips to help ensure that their investment lasts many years. Often times bad dental hygiene may have contributed to their tooth loss, many understand the importance of recommitting to good dental care. For patients considering implants or those who have them and are looking for ways to keep them healthy, there are several steps that can be taken to ensure success of dental implants.
Follow Recovery Instructions
After your implant procedure, you will be given a number of instructions for managing symptoms such as inflammation and pain, keeping your mouth clean to fight infections and medications to help speed your recovery. Follow all instructions as closely as possible, and complete taking any prescriptions, especially antibiotics. The more smoothly your recovery goes, the better foundation is established for long-term good dental health.
Once your dental implant procedure is complete and the healing process underway, your we will schedule a follow up appointments. During these appointments, we will ensure that everything went smoothly with the surgery and that healing is proceeding according to plan.
Maintain Home Care
Dental implants require the basics of good home dental hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing regularly. In addition, you may get benefit from utilizing special cleaning tools that make it easier to remove food from around and under the implant.
Visit Your Dentist
Visiting your dentist every six months for dental cleanings and exams are critical for overall good dental health. In some cases with more serious dental problems, a cleaning schedule of every three months may be recommended. Regular cleanings and consultations with your dentist about any issues that have arisen can help you recognize and address any issues with dental implants before they become serious.