Whenever you get a dental implant, one of the first things that most people think is that they are not real teeth. They might not brush or care for their dental implants since there is no risk of cavities. We have also seen people misuse their dental implants and then have to come back to our office to get them repaired and replaced. In order to prevent this from happening, our team at Katz Dentistry wants to share the best ways for you to maintain your dental implants.
Even though they are not real teeth, your implants are still very important, and you need to keep them maintained. Metal implants and the teeth attached to them can get damaged by food, especially if you eat something sticky and have to deal with the gunk all over your tooth.
The first way to keep them clean is with simple oral hygiene. Even if the majority of your mouth is filled with bridges and dentures, you will still need to brush your teeth and floss between the implants. If your implants are removable, you can pull them out of your mouth and rinse them off with warm water.
Keep an Eye Out for Plaque
Most of the time, plaque is what got you into needing dental implants and fake teeth in the first place. Thus, it is no surprise that plaque comes back again even with implants. The substances can still cake onto your metal dental implants, and while they will not damage your replaced teeth, they will ruin your gumline.
The plaque can crawl up your gumline and cause some serious problems for your gums. These can include gingivitis and jawbone problems, and if you still have real teeth in your mouth, the bacteria can spread to them too. It is important to keep your implants clean to prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria.
Only Use Implants for Food
Since implants are a bit stronger than natural teeth, our dentists have found that they become ‘go-to’ tools whenever a patient needs to do something with their mouth. People use implants to bite their nails, rip things, and chew on pencils and other items. The implants are very durable but were not designed to do much more than simulate natural teeth.
If you keep using them as tools and not as teeth, the implants can be pretty heavily damaged and might need replacement. That can get really expensive, and also takes a lot of time to fix. Treat your implants like natural teeth, and you will do fine.
Keep Your Implants Safe
Dental implants are the end of the road for your damaged teeth, but they are not the end of the road for your mouth. You still need to maintain and use dental implants as they were meant to be used and keep up good oral hygiene habits.
If you have any more questions about taking care of your dental implants, do not hesitate to call us at 737-237-0677. Our team of implant specialized dentists at Katz Dentistry are going to help you get and keep your implants around for a long time.
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Austin, TX 78759-8970