How To Take Care of Your Dental Implants
Updated: Jul 10, 2022
Did you know that dental implants are the most effective procedure to transform your smile?
Dental implants are the best option whether you have loose dentures or missing teeth. Unlike natural teeth, dental implants do not develop cavities. However, this does not mean that good oral hygiene is not necessary or that you don’t have to take care of them.
After receiving dental implants, you will want to take care of your investment. Dental implants can last a lifetime if a trained practitioner surgically implants them and if you take care of them properly. Unfortunately, in my years of experience at Asenjo One Visit Dentistry, I have seen how many patients forget to take care of their dental implants. Therefore, we would like to share the three keys to taking care of your dental implants:
Brush And Floss Daily
It is recommended to have a dental hygiene routine for taking care of your teeth, implants, and gums. If you don’t already have a dental hygiene routine developing a habit might be difficult but not impossible.
First, you could start by brushing your teeth a minimum of twice a day. Also, use a combination of a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. This will help you remove the plaque around your teeth and implants without damaging your gums or scratching your teeth.
We highly suggest you use an interdental brush for places where the normal toothbrush can’t reach. This tiny brush is specifically designed to remove food bits and plaque between teeth and implants.
Besides brushing, you also need to floss at least once a day. Dental floss is essential o your hygiene routine because it gets into those hard-to-reach places that even the interdental brush can’t reach. Finally, to complete your oral routine, we recommend using an antimicrobial mouth rinse to ensure that any bacteria in your mouth are eliminated.
Use Implants to Chew Food
Even though dental implants are made of titanium and are stronger than your natural teeth, that doesn’t mean you can use them as tools to open bottles or biting fingernails. Dental implants are not indestructible!
The longer you have implants, the more natural they feel, causing you to use them for anything other than chewing. If you feel tempted to use your implants as tools, bear in mind that they don’t come cheap, so it will be a reminder that you should not extend their use beyond chewing.
Despite the fact that your dental implants are strong, they don’t give you full chewability, which means there are some foods you need to avoid eating in order to keep them healthy. If the food is hard to chew, simply don’t put it in your mouth, and if you are going to eat apples, consider cutting them up first.
Avoiding cigarettes is crucial to having good health overall. When it comes to dental implants, smoking can compromise the rate of healing after surgery. Likewise, In the long-term, the effects of tobacco on your teeth can range from gum disease to developing periodontitis, which can then lead to tooth loss.
We understand is not easy to quit smoking, but if you want to take care of your dental implants, you can start by making some adjustments to your lifestyle. For example, to avoid the need of smoking, you can stay away from people and places that act as triggers. You can also start to hang out with non-smokers or try to exercise to reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Taking care of your dental implants is crucial to their performance and durability. If you take care of them, you can significantly transform your quality of life.
If you are looking for a partner you can trust for your same-day implants, we highly recommend you get to know more about Dr. Miguel Asenjo. Miguel is a master of neuromuscular and robotics dentistry. He has a Master's in complex oral rehabilitation and robotics dentistry. Likewise, Asenjo is the pioneer in Same Day Permanent Teeth in the Dominican Republic with IHDE one-piece dental implants and G-Cam Graphene.
In Miguel Asenjo's one-visit dentistry, we care about your overall dental health, and we work overnight to ensure you obtain a healthy, beautiful, and sustainable smile. Please do not hesitate to contact us; we are here to assist you. Your journey to a healthy and beautiful smile begins here!
All the best,
Dr. Miguel Asenjo Master in Complex Oral Rehabilitation and Robotics Dentistry Asenjo One Visit Dentistry www.asenjoonevisitdentistry.com +1-809-383-2410