4 Tips To Care For Your Dental Implants
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The general principles of dental hygiene applies regardless of the make of your teeth, so your usual routine of caring for your mouth won’t change much after an implant procedure.
Immediately after the surgery to implant the artificial teeth, there will be a period where the tissue in your gums and jaw require a bit more maintenance to help with healing. Let’s review in detail how having artificial teeth affects flossing, brushing, and everything else.
Brush twice a day while flossing daily
Bacteria still live in your mouth, and plaque will accumulate on any surface in your mouth, even on the outside of artificial teeth. While cavities won’t form on the implants, gum tissue and bone can still be affected by plaque accumulations..
The buildup of plaque can irritate gums and sometimes lead to gum disease, which is still bad for your health in general. Regular flossing, brushing, and visits to the dentist are not to be skipped after surgery.
Avoid wear and tear
The post of the implant is made of titanium metal or zirconia ceramic, but that doesn’t mean your teeth are now invincible. Excess stress on your implants can damage them so avoid the following bad habits:
- Using teeth instead of bottle openers to open bottles
- Using teeth to tear open hard packages
- Not wearing appropriate gear in contact heavy sports and at night
Enamel coats our teeth and it’s also one of the strongest naturally occurring materials but even it still needs to be cared for.
Replace your dental equipment
If prior to having artificial teeth implanted you wore a retainer to help your teeth stay in place or a mouthguard to prevent teeth grinding, you will need to have them replaced with ones that fit the new profile of your teeth. Your new teeth will have different shapes and a different orientation from the ones they replace, and to preserve the new arrangement, it’s best to return to the dentist so new molds can be formed to suit the task.
Enjoy your new smile
After you’ve taken the necessary steps to keep your teeth in good condition, all that’s left is to relax and enjoy your new smile. Dental implants are durable and sturdy, so don’t hold yourself back from sharing your new smile with the world. Don’t forget to take photos and share with your friends and family!