Dental Implant Aftercare Instructions – Williamstown, NJ
Ensure Your Dental Implants Thrive
Dental implants are a cost-effective solution to replace one, multiple, or all your missing teeth because they have over a 95% success rate. They can last for several decades to permanently restore a healthy, functional smile. To protect your investment, it’s best to take the time to care for your dental implants.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
Although dental implants aren’t subject to tooth decay, your oral hygiene is more important than ever. The biggest threat to the long-term success of your new smile is an infection called peri-implantitis. Thankfully, it can be prevented by maintaining your oral hygiene at home.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to clean your restorations and any natural teeth at least twice a day. To remove buildup your toothbrush can’t reach, choose a high-quality dental floss to clean in between each natural tooth and around your abutments daily. Some people find a water flosser to be easier to remove harmful accumulations from hard-to-reach places.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Dental implants are made from durable material, but they aren’t indestructible. If you participate in sports, it’s important to wear a custom-fit athletic mouthguard. Not only will you protect your smile, but you can also reduce your risk of concussion if there’s trauma or injury to your face or mouth.
If you suffer from bruxism, ask your dentist for a nightguard. It provides a protective barrier between the top and bottom teeth to take unnecessary pressure off your dental implants.
It’s also recommended you avoid using your teeth or dental implants as tools, such as to open packages. It’s also best to avoid chewing on inedible objects, like your fingernails or pencils.
Schedule Regular Recall Visits
Your routine dental appointments are more important than ever. Besides your home oral hygiene routine, your new smile relies on the preventive services you receive from your dentist. It’s best to schedule an appointment at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
Your dental hygienist thoroughly cleans your teeth and dental implants to remove any harmful accumulations. They’ll also take the time to discuss your oral hygiene routine and make recommendations for improvement, like using a mouthwash to reduce harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Besides a cleaning, a checkup will protect your new smile from complications. Dr. Kassem monitors your oral health to detect any concerning areas while they are still small, like an infection. Quick intervention can prevent your dental implants from failing.
If you have any questions or concerns in between your routine visits, don’t hesitate to contact our office for an appointment. We provide the personalized services your new smile needs to thrive.