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How to Keep Tissue Next to an Implant Healthy
Posted on 10/30/2010 by Marc Rosenthal, DMD, MD
Dental implants are strong, durable, and long-lasting, but that doesn't mean you don't have to work hard to keep them that way. It is important that you take steps to ensure the tissue next to your implants stay healthy.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Brushing and flossing regularly is the best line of defense against dental problems, and this includes life with implants. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice per day for a minimum of two minutes per session. Once daily flossing and frequently rinsing your mouth with mouthwash is also important.
Gum disease that affects an implant is known as peri-implantitis. This typically begins with the tissues at the surface of the mouth, but the infection can quickly advance below the gum line to weaken the bone. As the bone deteriorates, the implant will lose its secure hold, and it may eventually give way.
Keep Non-Food Items Out of Your Mouth
An easy way to damage your implant and the surrounding tissue is to aggravate the area with a foreign object. To avoid this, keep non-food items like pens, ice, and your fingernails out of your mouth. You should also avoid using your teeth as tools to open packages, bags of chips, and other parcels.
Keep Up with Your Dental Visits
Regular dental visits are just as important now that you have implants. Immediately after the procedure we may want to see you more frequently, but eventually, you should be able to return to having one appointment every six months. These exams give us a chance to inspect the health of your mouth, the implants, and the surrounding tissues.
Whether you have dental implants and need a checkup or you are interested in implants as a way to combat your tooth loss, we can help. Give our office a call today.