If you have had one or more dental implants, you already recognize what an amazing technology is at work. Not only do you now have a fully functional substitute for a complete natural tooth, but you also have an appliance that will prevent many of the problems that result from the loss of adult teeth. However, Al Berger, DDS near Bayport, NY wants our patients to understand the best ways to care for your dental implants.
After all, implant dentistry may be “high tech,” but there will still be the exact same risks as there were with your original, natural teeth. You can still endure gum disease, and nearby natural teeth may still be exposed to bacteria that leads to decay. This is why we recommend the following steps to ensure the best possible care for your dental implants:
Immediately after the post has been surgically implanted in the gum, you will be unable to do regular brushing and flossing. There will be some mild swelling and tenderness, and for several days you should stick to antibacterial rinses rather than using a brush on the area.
Brushing once you are healed
As soon as your gum is healed, get back on track with brushing and flossing. You can purchase a special interdental brush that fits into the tiny spaces between the teeth, ensuring that all of the bacteria at the base of the implant is removed and not posing a threat to the natural teeth nearby. Flossing is important too, and you will want to review the right techniques with us. Don’t forget to continue any rinses you may have used before receiving implants, you can keep the proper bacterial balance in your mouth this way.
Forgoing harmful habits
As your dentist near Bayport, Dr. Berger may have already advised that you give up smoking. This is a behavior that is quite harmful to dental implants, making it possible for extreme complication to occur at every step in the procedure. Rather than risk a failed or challenging implant, give up the habit! Additional habits to give up in order to deliver optimal care for your dental implants include drinking staining beverages like red wine, tea, cola or coffee. They won’t stain the crown atop the implant, but can discolor the other teeth and leave you with an unevenly colored mouth.
Get your checkups
Nothing can uncover signs of trouble and deliver optimal care for your dental implants than regular checkups. Start with a visit every 90 to 120 days, and your implants should be off to a perfect start.
If you have additional questions about care for your dental implants, or you have questions about other treatments mentioned, give us a call at our office near Bayport, NY office at 631-589-2600. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.