One of the best tooth replacement options currently available, dental implants have a remarkably high success rate. In eligible candidates, 95 percent of implant placements are successful. Even with this high level of success, there are some steps you should consider for your dental implant in Colorado Springs to help make sure you do not experience dental implant failure. You can protect your investment and enjoy a healthy, complete smile for your lifetime by keeping the following maintenance tips in mind for strong dental implants.
Tobacco in any form slowly destroys the oral tissues. It is very difficult for your gums to heal following the implantation of dental implants if you continue to smoke. Even after the gums have healed, smoking and other forms of tobacco break down the gum and bone tissue and can lead to implant failure. For this reason, people who are heavily dependent on tobacco may not be good candidates for traditional dental implants. You should quit using tobacco in advance of your dental implant procedure. Ask your dentist for advice if you are ready to kick the habit but unsure how.
Maintain excellent oral hygiene by removing as much plaque as you can from the surface of your teeth and around your dental implants. Plaque is the clear, sticky substance that is constantly forming in your mouth. When it is not thoroughly removed, plaque turns into tartar -- the hard, yellow, visible buildup on teeth and around the gums. Prevent plaque buildup immediately after your implant procedure by using antibacterial mouthwashes or gels, as recommended by your dentist. Once your gums have healed and your replacement teeth have been placed, you should brush thoroughly around the dental implants every day. Clean your prosthetic device before every reinsertion.
Your toothbrush can only remove so much plaque -- and it cannot reach between the teeth. To thoroughly clean the teeth, make sure you are flossing and/or using an interdental brush at least once a day. You can floss your natural teeth and the areas around the implants immediately after dental implant placement. It may not seem like there is anything to floss, but you can rub the floss around the surface of each implant to remove plaque buildup for healthy gums.
After your dental implant placement, you will have regularly scheduled visits with your dentist. These appointments are important for making sure everything is progressing as it should with your implant replacement. That includes your implant healing, and as the years go on, its stability and effectiveness in the mouth. For continued dental implant health, do not skip out on these regular visits to the dentist.
Do you have additional questions about caring for your dental implants? The team at Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists is here to help you understand everything you need to know about your implant-retained tooth replacement. Contact us to discuss your dental implants today!