Dental Implant Aftercare Instructions – Waco, TX
Taking Care of Your New Teeth
Cleaning and protecting your dental implants in Waco is just as important as cleaning and protecting your real teeth. Implants may have a decades-long lifespan, but if the living tissue around them becomes damaged or diseased, they may not last as long as they should. Dr. Winarick is here to give you advice that will help you maintain your dental implants so that you’ll be able to keep your new and improved smile. To schedule a regular checkup or to have a potential problem with your implants examined, call us today.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
Naturally, there’s no risk of your dental implants suffering from tooth decay. That said, the nearby gum tissue can still become infected; that’s why it’s important to make sure that your artificial teeth stay free of plaque.
When you clean your implants, use a soft-bristle toothbrush and a low-abrasive toothpaste. You don’t want to be too rough, or else you might end up scratching the surface of your prosthetic. Plaque can build up on any surface in your mouth, so don’t forget to brush under and around your implant-retained crown, bridge, or dentures.
Of course, you’ll also need to clean the spaces between your teeth that a normal toothbrush can’t reach. The traditional way to do this is with dental floss, and you can find brands that are specifically designed for implants. However, it may be easier to use an oral irrigator (also called a water flosser) to reach particularly difficult spots.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Even a titanium implant can be damaged if you suffer a major blow to the mouth; furthermore, an implant post can fail if the surrounding bone becomes badly injured. If you don’t want to lose your new teeth in a sudden accident, you can take preventive measures to minimize the risk of sudden oral trauma.
Never bite down on anything hard. This includes foods such as hard candy or ice, but you should also avoid chewing on inedible objects such as pen tips. Doing so puts unnecessary stress on your implant posts.
If you know that you grind your teeth at night, get a nightguard to act as a barrier between your upper and lower teeth so that they don’t put too much pressure on each other. Similarly, you should always wear a mouthguard when participating in any kind of sport; even a low-contact activity could lead to an oral injury.
Schedule Regular Recall Visits
Good habits and decisions can keep your implants safe from day to day, but you can’t forget to visit our practice at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. We can give your implants a thorough cleaning and make suggestions for improvements you can make to your daily routine if there are any areas that you’ve overlooked without realizing it. These regular visits will also include an examination to make sure the implants are still firmly in place; if we notice any signs of trouble, we can create a treatment plan to address them as soon as possible.