The wait is over; you had your dental implant placed, waited patiently for several months while it healed, and today your dentist just added your new restoration to restore function and appearance.
You leave the office feeling confident and happy knowing that you can finally smile confidently again and go back to eating all the delicious foods you love. Dental implants are relatively maintenance free, but here are a few steps you can take to ensure you get the most out of your investment.
Maintain Good Gum Health
Your implant gains its strength by fusing with surrounding bone and tissue in your jaw. But gum disease that goes untreated can eventually attack the supporting structures of your teeth, and without proper support, the implant can fail.
Make sure your brushing and flossing skills are up to par and ask your hygienists for tips if you think they’re not.
Protect Your Restoration
Depending on your needs, you may have had a crown, bridge, or denture added to the implant to restore your appearance and allow you to speak and chew comfortably. While the restoration itself won’t decay, it’s not indestructible. Habits such as eating hard nuts, chewing on ice, or grinding your teeth can damage the restoration.
Stay Current with Exams and Cleanings
You should see your dentist twice a year anyway for exams and cleanings, but these visits are especially important when you have an implant. Your dentist will check the health of your gums and also make sure your restoration is intact, and there are no chips or fractures. This is also a perfect opportunity to ask your hygienist if your oral hygiene is productive and if there’s anything you need to improve.
Please Call to Arrange a Consultation
If you are considering tooth replacement in Cumberland, IN, please call German Church Road Dentistry to arrange a consultation with Dr. Dane Uhl. He will be happy to evaluate your needs, review the benefits of implants, and help you decide if they are the most appropriate choice for you.