How to Care for Dental Implants

Concept,Of,Having,Strong,Healthy,Straight,White,Teeth,At,Old Dental implants are a permanent way to replace missing teeth. The process from implant placement to final crown takes approximately six to eight months, but the results can last a lifetime with proper care. Throughout your journey to a healthier smile, you will need to make some adjustments to your oral health routine to promote a strong recovery and great oral hygiene.

Use a Soft-Bristle Toothbrush

Hard bristles can be irritating to your gum line and the implant site. After the initial screw placement, you may be encouraged to do saltwater rinses four to five times a day to remove unhealthy bacteria from your mouth. As your implant site continues to heal, a soft-bristle brush will be gentle on the area while still ensuring plaque is removed from your teeth.

Avoid Harsh Dental Products

Dental products designed for sensitive teeth are ideal for anyone after an implant. These are specially designed to support maximum oral hygiene while reducing discomfort and possible irritation. Your dentist will happily recommend the best products for your oral hygiene. We suggest reaching out to them to discuss which toothpaste and mouthwash would be best for your needs.

As always, be sure to look for the American Dental Association seal of approval on any product.

Floss Every Day

Although it’s a vital part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy, under 50% of American adults floss daily. Regular flossing helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and infection. It also helps care for your dental implant. Look for a floss that is designed for dental implants, or consider a water flosser to keep your teeth healthy and clean.

Schedule Regular Dental Exams

An important part of dental implant care is professional cleaning. You should schedule these appointments twice annually or as often as your dentist recommends. During each appointment, your dentist will examine your mouth, look for any early signs of disease or inflammation, and offer personalized recommendations on how to take the best possible care of your entire oral health.

Interested in Implants? We Can Help

Drs. Johnson and Morris provide their patients with exceptional care from start to finish. Dr. Morris is an experienced dentist, while Dr. Johnson is our in-house oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Their combined expertise allows us to provide our patients the most comprehensive restorative dental care under one roof.

The entire team is always here to answer your questions and provide the greatest support.

Please message us online or call (281) 491-4545 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients throughout Houston, TX, and surrounding areas.

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