Dental Implants Aftercare – Longmont, CO
Tips for Making Your New Smile Last
Once dental implants in Longmont have changed your life, you won’t want to go without your new teeth again. When well-cared for, the implant posts can last for decades! Of course, just like your natural teeth, you’ll have to give your new grin plenty of care and attention if you want to keep it for years to come. If you have concerns about maintaining your implants, call our office today; Dr. Dan has the answers you need.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
Once of the most common reasons for implants to fail over both the short and long term is an infection known as peri-implantitis. This condition causes the gum and bone structure around the implant to become inflamed. If this inflammation doesn’t go way, the underlying bone could lose its density, and the implant could fall out. Unfortunately, because the gums themselves cannot easily attach to the titanium posts, the tissue around an implant tends to be more prone to infection since there’s more space for bacteria to nest.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Your dental implants are strong, but they can still be damaged if you’re not careful with them. Exercise caution when eating especially hard foods, and never bite down on objects such as fingernails and pen tips; you should also avoid using your teeth to open packages.
Schedule Regular Recall Visits
Unfortunately, there are many cases where you may not even realize there’s a problem with your implants until it’s too late; for example, peri-implantitis could have begun to develop without your knowledge. By visiting our practice on a regular basis, we can help you detect these problems in their earlier stages. Ideally, this means the underlying issue can be treated quickly and the implant post can either be saved or ultimately replaced.