The effects of tooth loss go far beyond the things that you immediately notice, and include the consequences of losing the support and stimulation of your healthy, natural teeth roots. However, even after replacing your lost teeth and their roots with dental implants, you’ll have to consider the loss when taking care of your oral health on a daily basis. Fortunately, dental implants closely resemble the natural structures of your teeth, which is why caring for your implant restoration isn’t much different from taking good care of your healthy, natural teeth.
The need for continued daily care
There are a few important differences between your healthy teeth and your dental implant-supported restoration. While both are similar in construct (which is the point of dental implants), your restoration isn’t subject to things like bacterial infection, also known as tooth decay. Nevertheless, your teeth and your dental implants both rely on the support of healthy, disease-free gums. To prevent complications that could arise from bacteria buildup, you’ll have to pay special attention to sticking to your hygiene routine of brushing your teeth twice and flossing at least once every day.
It’s even more important to see your dentist
Along with continued good hygiene at home, it’s even more important to visit your dentist on a regular basis for routine checkups, cleanings, care, and maintenance. Spotting and treating any dental issues as early as possible will be key to preventing them from compromising your dental implants, or from raising your risks of losing more teeth. In general, you should attend a checkup and cleaning appointment at least once every six months, unless your dentist recommends more frequent visits.
If an issue arises, address it immediately
In addition to keeping your smile consistently healthy, visiting your dentist on a regular basis will also offer the chance to check up on your dental implants and restoration to ensure their still functioning properly. If you notice any signs of trouble between visits, however, you shouldn’t wait until your next scheduled appointment to find out why. When you have a dental implant restoration, any sign of trouble could lead to your restoration’s failure and the risk of more complicated oral health issues.
Learn more about caring for dental implants
Caring for your dental implants properly is the key to making your newly restored smile last much longer. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.