Dental Implant Aftercare – New York, NY
Ensuring Your New Teeth Last for Years
While other tooth replacement methods, like bridges and dentures, have to be replaced every 5 to 15 years, dental implants, on the other hand, have the potential to last upwards of 20 years. In some cases, they can even last the rest of a patient’s life! Of course, in order for that to happen, you’ll have to practice proper dental implant aftercare in Gramercy Park. The good news is that many of the same practices that help protect and preserve your natural teeth will also work on your dental implants.
Make Oral Hygiene A Priority
Just because your implant is immune to tooth decay doesn’t meant that oral hygiene isn’t still important. Your gums near the implant can still become infected by the bacteria in plaque, a substance made of bacteria and food particles that constantly forms in your mouth. This condition, known as peri-implantitis, can ultimately cause your implant to fail.
Luckily, you can largely avoid this issue by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once daily. To avoid damaging the implant prosthetic and irritating your gums, it’s best to use a nonabrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you’re having trouble flossing around your implant restoration, you can use an interdental brush or a water flosser. Both get the job done while being easier for many people to handle.
Additionally, if you’re not already rinsing with mouthwash every day, now is a great time to begin implementing that into your oral hygiene routine. Mouthwash kills germs in areas of your mouth that your toothbrush and floss can’t reach. Just be sure to use a non-alcoholic mouthwash.
Protect Your Dental Implants
If you play football or some other high-contact sport, you are at risk for trauma to the mouth that could result in your implant becoming damaged and having to be removed. To protect your implant and the rest of your pearly whites, ask us about creating a mouthguard to wear during physical activity.
Your teeth and implant may also be at risk while you’re sleeping. Many people unconsciously grind their teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism. Wearing a custom nightguard can protect your implant. It also protects your remaining natural teeth from chips, cracks, and wear.
Lastly, be aware of the habits you engage in with your implant. Munching on ice, biting your fingernails, opening packages with your teeth, and biting down on extremely hard foods like popcorn kernels and nuts can easily damage your implant.
Schedule Regular Recall Visits
It should go without saying that a good oral care regimen should include regular dental checkups with Dr. Ira Newman. In addition to the checkups and cleanings that you normally receive, we’ll evaluate your implant to make sure it’s still functioning as it should be. We’ll check for signs of bone loss and additional tooth loss that may indicate that another implant is necessary. The earlier we find problems like these, the easier they will be to treat.
Are you ready to replace your missing teeth in Gramercy Park with a solution that lasts? Then contact us today to schedule your dental implant consultation. We look forward to seeing you smile!