Elk Grove Smile Center

Making Your Dental Implant Last a Lifetime

February 24, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Vishal Advani
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If you’ve replaced a missing tooth with a dental implant, congratulations! Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. Now you can smile with confidence once again.

And you can also feel good about helping to preserve the health of your remaining teeth. A dental implant is a good way to fill in the space left by a missing tooth so it prevents the rest of your teeth from shifting, potentially leading to more tooth loss.

Now that you have made the investment into one or more dental implants at your Elk Grove Village, IL dentist, you might be wondering how to care for them so they will last you a lifetime.

Caring for a Dental Implant

Dental implants cannot develop tooth decay like your natural teeth. However, it is still important to visit your dentist twice each year for an examination because you can still develop gum disease with dental implants. There is also a small chance the implant can become infected or loose, so it’s important for your dentist to inspect them on a regular basis.

Home care for dental implants is straightforward. Brush and floss twice each day at a minimum, just as you would your natural teeth. It’s very important to keep your teeth and gums as free from plaque buildup as possible.

Talk to your dentist about other recommendations to help keep your mouth and implants clean. Some other oral hygiene aids that might be helpful include:

  • An electric toothbrush

  • Antimicrobial mouth rinses

  • Flat dental floss, which can aid in gently cleaning around the abutments

  • Low abrasive toothpaste

Call Elk Grove Smile Center

If you are getting dental implants in Elk Grove Village, IL from Dr. Vishal Advani, talk to him about what he might suggest to care for your implants. With proper care, your investment can last a lifetime! Give us a call today!