How to Care for Dental Implants
Dental implants essentially offer all the advantages that natural teeth offer. In addition to being stable, comfortable and looking natural, implants do not require complex cleaning techniques. In fact, dental implants only call for the same level of care that natural teeth need.
Daily Brushing and Flossing
Every day, patients with dental implants should brush at least twice and floss at least once. This will remove any excess accumulated plaque from the implants, reduce risks of discoloration and keep the gums healthy. In some cases, patients may be advised to add special cleaning equipment to their home dental regimen.
Regular Dental Checkups
As with patients who have only natural teeth, those with implants should visit our office regularly for checkups. These visits provide an opportunity for a thorough exam of the teeth, gums and implant sites, as well as a more extensive cleaning than what brushing and flossing offer.
Avoidance of Damaging Foods and Drinks
Certain foods and drinks can potentially harm dental implants if consumed in excess amounts frequently. For example, heavily pigmented foods and beverages may stain the surfaces of the implants. Foods and drinks high in acids should also be limited as they could erode the implant surfaces.
Proper care of implants can help patients get the most out of their investment. Indeed, dental implants can potentially last for a lifetime. A combination of at-home and in-office dental care is as effective for dental implants as it is for natural teeth. At a consultation with our expert in Dental implants in West Hollywood, patients can learn more about how to care for their implants properly.
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