People lose teeth for a variety of reasons, and most people are missing at least one by the time they turn 50. In the past, dentures were the best solution for people who wanted to safely replace missing teeth. While dentures are still a viable option today, they can be somewhat inconvenient to use and sometimes lead to complications. That is why dental implants have become a popular choice among people who want to replace a tooth. Implants look and feel like real teeth, and they last forever if cared for properly. If you have recently had a periodontist insert dental implants, or if you plan to get them soon, remember the following maintenance guidelines for new implant recipients.
In many ways, caring for dental implants is similar to caring for real human teeth. One of the main goals of implant care is to prevent infection. Plaque (a bacterial film) collects on implants just like it does on teeth, and it should be removed daily. If not, an infection known as peri-implantitis can develop. This is a very serious condition that can destroy to implant attachment and damage the underlying bone. The best way to prevent peri-implantitis is to brush and floss your implants every day just as you would real teeth. Your dental hygienist may provide you with additional tools designed to keep implants clean.
Your implants also need to be inspected and cleaned by a dental hygienist on a regular basis. This will ensure that any issues that develop the surrounding gum and bone are caught early and treated before complications arise. Your dental provider should also take X-rays at regular intervals to evaluate the health of the bone structure to which your implants are attached.
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If dental implants seem like a great option to you, call us today at 866-906-5293 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Rob Friedberg is an accomplished periodontist who can provide you with expert information about dental implants in Houston, TX.
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