If you have gone through the dental implant process, having your final restoration placed can be an exciting appointment!
You have invested a significant amount of time and expense, and you are finally at the point where you can enjoy rewards of your efforts. Now you owe it to yourself to make sure you learn everything you can about caring for your implants so you get the most out of your investment!
Why Dental Implants Fail
To help you understand how and why you need to care for your implant, you need to know what causes them to fail. While dental implants have been used for decades with an impressive 95% success rate, they are no match for the destructive nature of gum disease.
Your implant depends on bone and tissue in your jaw to hold it securely in place. Untreated gum disease causes bone loss which can lead to implant failure.
Caring for Your Implants
Caring for your new implants is not complicated, but it does require a commitment on your part.
- Brush twice a day – Brushing removes food debris and bacteria-laden plaque from your teeth, so the American Dental Association recommends you brush twice a day. You can add a brushing or two as needed, but don’t overdo it as too much brushing can also damage your teeth.
- Floss once a day – If your flossing habits are a little rusty, ask your dental hygienist to show you the proper method. Investing a few minutes a day in flossing helps keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of disease.
- Schedule semi-annual dental visits – Brushing and flossing at home is critical but must be combined with professional dental exams and cleanings to be helpful.
Please Call Us to Learn More
It's a good idea to develop these habits whether or not you have dental implants. If you live in Metairie and would like to learn more about caring for your implants, please call Oak Family Dental so we can arrange a convenient appointment.