Ruggless Dental

How to Take Care of Your Dental Implants

June 28, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Shane Ruggless
Dental Implants Springfield | Springfield IL Dentist

Once you have invested in dental implants, taking care of them is essential to their function and longevity. If you are seeking dental implants in the Springfield area, we can help you get the most out of your dental implants and protect your smile!

Dental implants most closely mimic your natural teeth. They can complete your smile without creating dietary restrictions or with the mobility that occurs when complete dentures do not fit properly.

Caring for Dental Implants

The best way to care for your dental implants is to follow the protocol that you follow for your natural teeth. This includes brushing twice daily, especially at the gum line, where gum disease starts. By angling the bristles of your toothbrush toward your gum line and removing all plaque and food particles found there, you can prevent gum disease, which can destroy your dental implant.

Flossing is essential too. Even though dental implant crowns are not susceptible to decay, like your natural teeth, you need to floss to remove plaque and food particles from between your dental implants because it can irritate the gums and cause gum disease.

Another way to protect your dental implants is by maintaining regular dental exams and cleanings. We will look at your dental implants, take digital images, and monitor their health to make sure everything is working properly and staying healthy.

Never using your dental implants to open packages, chew ice, or bite anything that is not food will help them stay stable in your bone. Biting into something hard, like ice or hard candy, can damage the dental implant crown and require replacement.

If we have recommended a nightguard due to a clenching and grinding habit, wearing it regularly can help to protect your dental implants. Grinding your teeth while you sleep can break your dental crown or cause too much pressure on your dental implant resulting in its loss.

Dental Implants Springfield

If you want esthetic, comfortable dental implants in the Springfield area, contact us to learn more about the freedom and convenience they provide.

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