How to Care for Your Dental Implant

How to Care for Your Dental Implant

Unlike other tooth replacement options, such as bridges, a dental implant gets anchored securely in your jawbone. That means the medical-grade surgical post basically becomes a new tooth root, holding your new, artificial tooth — or dental crown — in place. This approach offers long-lasting solutions and an artificial tooth that looks and functions just like a natural tooth.

While the dental implant itself usually provides permanent results, the dental crown on top may need replacement at some point due to normal wear and tear. However, you can extend the life of your crown by taking the right steps to care for your dental implant. Fortunately, they are the same things you should be doing to protect your natural teeth.

Peter Gambertoglio, DDS, provides cosmetic and comprehensive family dentistry services for the Spring, Texas, community. He recommends these three steps to protect your implants.

Practice good dental hygiene

You already know that you should brush and floss on a regular basis — and that’s still the case when you have dental implants.

Allowing plaque to build up on natural or artificial teeth can lead to gum disease, putting your gums and jawbone at risk. It can also cause irreversible damage when it builds up around an implant, even leading to implant failure.

Practicing good hygiene by flossing daily, brushing at least twice a day, and limiting sugary foods helps reduce plaque buildup.

Schedule regular dental appointments

Even with impeccable oral hygiene, you still need regular dental checkups every six months. 

Your trip to the dentist ensures that plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and gums gets removed before gum disease progresses. Plus, it allows us to detect and treat any other dental issues as soon as possible.

Working with a dentist provides:

Dr. Gambertoglio and our hygienists also check each of your teeth, one at a time. This level of attention helps protect your implant — and your entire smile.

Protect your teeth

Have you ever chewed on ice, pen caps, or hard candy? Have you been meaning to quit smoking?

If you want to protect your dental implants and your natural teeth, it’s time to reevaluate your behaviors. Numerous activities, from chewing on hard items to smoking and drinking coffee can put your teeth at risk. Even grinding your teeth while you sleep can cause damage.

To protect your dental implant crowns against breaks or stains, Dr. Gambertoglio recommends avoiding:

You should also wear protective oral devices when engaging in contact sports or at night if you grind your teeth in your sleep.

Are you considering dental implants? Call our office at 281-350-8852 to schedule a consultation with Peter Gambertoglio, DDS, today.

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