Taking Care of Your Dental Implants

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An increasing number of dental patients have been fitted with dental implants. Recent developments in implant technology have decreased healing times for some kinds of implants. However, it can still take several months for an implant to heal. There are a number of things you and your dentist can do to care for your implants during this recovery period and over the longer term.

Keeping Implants Clean
Unlike normal teeth, implants are not vulnerable to caries, and cavities will not form on the implant itself. However, infection can occur around the site of the implant. This can spread to surrounding tissues, leading to inflammation of the gums and even damage to the jawbone. Inflammation or infection of tissues adjoining an implant is known as peri-implantitis. You should consult your dentist to learn about the best ways in which to keep your implants and the surrounding gums and teeth clean and healthy. A consistent regimen of brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily is crucial.

Scheduling Regular Check-Ups
You should visit your dentist regularly so that he or she can check the condition of your implants. The dentist will verify that your replacement teeth are comfortable and secure and that they are in good working order. You will also need regular X-rays to ensure that bone growth around the site of the implants is normal. Occasionally, the bond between the dental restoration and the abutment or the implant itself can loosen over time. If this is the case, the dentist may need to remove the dental restoration, clean it, tighten the screws attaching it to the abutment, or replace the cement—if the restoration is attached using a cement seal.

Here at Oak Creek Dental Care, we have expertise in fitting dental implants near Columbus, Ohio. Our dentists can help advise you on the best way to care for your implants. To find out more about the procedure and the necessary aftercare, visit our website or call us at (614) 882-7456.

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