Learn the 5 Best Ways to Maintain Your Dental Implants in Houston!
Dental implants give you a great smile. They’re stable, long-lasting and allow you to chew normally and naturally. Dental implants are the most natural-looking and performing tooth replacement solution available. Keeping them in good shape isn’t hard. Dental Art, your implant dentist in Houston, TX We have a few ways to keep your implants working well and serving you for years to come.
- Daily brushing and flossing. Implants require care just like natural teeth. Plaque will accumulate on them, so it’s important to brush and floss them daily. A few tools that can help you take care of your implants include:
- A soft-bristled toothbrush or electric brush. It’s important that the bristles are soft!
- A tartar-control toothpaste, but not a whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste contains abrasives that can harm implants and won’t increase its whiteness.
- Implant abutments should be cleaned around with dental floss.
- Use unwaxed dental floss or consider using a water flosser (oral irrigator).
- Wear a nightguard. If you have a history of tooth grinding at night (bruxism), wearing a nightguard will prevent your implants from coming loose.
- Make regular visits to your dentist. In fact, adding a few extra visits during the year is a good idea. It’s important your dentist examine your implants regularly to make sure they’re staying firm and stable in your jaw. If they are not and they get loose, infection, bone loss, and bleeding are all possible.
- Quit Smoking. The dental implant success rate for smokers is 85%, but 98% for non-smokers. Smoking hinders the deep gum and bone tissue from healing after implant surgery. If you smoke, check with your dentist or GP for recommendations on how to quit.
- Pay attention to warning signs. Implant failure is very rare. It’s possible, however, for dental implants to loosen over time. This usually means the inset rod didn’t fuse completely with the bone. Changes in your bite, severe pain or discomfort, loose implant, or swelling and inflammation around the implant are all warning signs.
Dental Art is your Houston, TX implant dentist near you. Drs Harhash, Abdel-Rahman, and Shere provide general dentistry as well as restorative and cosmetic procedures. Book your appointment today at 713-228-3384