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Dental Implant Care: Keeping Your New Smile Sparkling

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You may have known that dental implants for tooth replacement are a good treatment option. But you not know that they can also boost a person’s confidence. People who get dental implants often experience improved self-confidence, and mental health.

Dental implants have proven to be a more convenient, long-term treatment option for missing teeth compared to traditional treatments. While they are known for their longevity, you can’t ignore dental implant aftercare. Failure to caring for your implants may result in several oral health issues, from inflammation and pain to bone loss.

Use this comprehensive guide on post dental implant care to make sure your healthy teeth, and happy, confident smile lasts a long time.

Daily Oral Hygiene Routine for Implants

· Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to brush your teeth to avoid any damage to your implants.

  • Develop the habit of flossing daily. Flossing can remove food particles lodged between the teeth, preventing plaque buildup. Ask your dentist for the right type of floss for your implants.
  • Rinse your mouth with the advised mouthwash to avoid bacterial infections.
  • Avoid excessively acidic, chewy or hot foods.
  • Reduce the intake of any foods or drinks with high sugar content.
  • If you are a smoker, quit smoking. Smoking impairs healing and weakens the gums. It also stains your teeth.
  • Limit alcohol intake. Alcohol contains high sugar content. It may cause tooth decay and delays in healing.
  • Watch out for any red flags. If you notice any pain, inflammation, or bleeding at or near the implant, get it examined by a dental professional.
  • Protect your dental implants from any injuries. If your teeth are vulnerable due to bruxism or teeth grinding, ask your dentist about a custom mouthguard.

Professional Maintenance

Regular monitoring of your implants can ensure their longevity and health. Schedule regular post implant care checkups with your dentist. Your dentist can diagnose and treat any oral health issues early before they turn into major conditions.

Protective Measures

You can protect your dental implants from any damage by following these steps.

Mouthguards

Use a mouthguard while playing a sport to avoid injuries. It is best to get custom mouthguards for a comfortable fit and safety. Avoid using your teeth as tools.

Dietary Considerations

Be mindful of what you eat. Too hot, sticky, and chewy foods can harm your implants.

Oral Health Education

An understanding of optimal oral health practices is essential for the longevity of your dental implants. Ask your dentist about best practices in tooth implant post care and dental products that can help in aftercare for implant.

Dental Implants at Markham Smile Centre

Experienced dentists at the Markham smile Centre provide comprehensive dental treatment and care. They can restore your teeth in a single visit. This reduces discomfort and accelerates healing. The ‘All on Four’ implants can restore a whole arch of teeth with just 4 implants.

You don’t need to endure the inconvenience of traditional tooth replacement methods, such as dentures. Request a free appointment at the clinic to discuss dental implants for your missing teeth.

Resources

1. https://www.nature.com/articles/sj.bdj.2012.1090

2. https://www.cda-adc.ca/jcda/vol-73/issue-8/713_brochure.pdf

3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4897104/

Andrea Galick

Andrea Galick is an accomplished Dental Hygienist (RDH) with a passion for helping patients achieve optimal oral health. Andrea has built a reputation as a caring and skilled practitioner who puts her patients at ease and provides individualized care that meets their unique needs.

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