Caring For Your Dental Implant

By the time you reach the age of 40, there’s nearly a 70% chance that you’ll be missing at least one natural tooth. While dentures and bridges have long been used to fill the gaps, the new standard of care for missing teeth is dental implants

It’s estimated that the dental implant and prosthetic tooth market exceeds $6 billion annually in the United States alone, with a procedure success rate of 98%.

Perhaps the primary advantage of dental implants is the fact that they replace both the crown and the root of a natural tooth. Other restoration methods only replace the portion of the tooth above the gumline. 

This leaves out an important interaction between tooth and jaw that can lead to bone loss. As well, a dental implant is a permanent solution, the tooth replacement method that most closely resembles a natural tooth.

One of the big questions asked of Dr. Kerry Bloom about dental implants has to do with caring for their implants, and the good news there is that implants also closely resemble natural teeth in care and maintenance requirements. 

Here’s what you need to know if you’ve received a dental implant or if you’re considering implant surgery in the future in or around Houston, TX. 

After your implant

The first few days after your implant are important to the long-term success of your new tooth. As with many surgeries, the recovery phase has unique requirements. You’ll be advised about your immediate aftercare routine, which could include a few days of liquid-only eating, followed by a period of soft foods to start the osseointegration process, where your jawbone and implant begin to fuse.

The strength of your implant comes from this solid base, but it takes time to develop. Avoiding overload of your new implant is important to ensure the best results, as bone and implant bond together.

Routine care for your implant

Your personal dental care toolkit is likely already prepared for skills needed to maintain your implant. Because both crown and root are replaced, an implant has very similar needs for cleaning.

Whether you choose a manual or electric toothbrush, small heads with soft bristles are most appropriate for implants, while low abrasive, tartar control toothpaste is your best choice. Implants benefit from flossing, just as natural teeth do, so your conventional dental care routine doesn’t change very much.

Additions to your routine

As well as brushing and flossing, you can add dye tablets that reveal where plaque accumulates on your teeth to learn better technique. Antimicrobial mouth rinses and special interdental aids may help further reduce plaque and tartar buildup.

Regular dental visits

Dental implants won’t get you out of regular checkups with Dr. Bloom. In fact, these checkups are more important than ever, since any lapses in daily maintenance may lead to a condition called peri-implantitis, which can destroy gum and bone tissue. 

Following Dr. Bloom’s guidelines ensures years of trouble-free performance from your implants. Contact Dr. Bloom’s office today to learn more about the advantages that dental implants offer. 

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