It is important to remember that even once your dental implants are in place, a diligent maintenance plan is essential to keeping them in good shape. There are a number of guidelines you can follow in order to keep your implants, as well as your remaining teeth and gums, healthy and clean. At ProSmile, we believe that patient education is one of the most valuable aspects of dentistry.
Dr. Michael Freimuth wants to see your smile shine and will follow up after your dental implant procedure to ensure that everything is fine. Immediately after your implant surgery, Dr. Freimuth will invite you back for a checkup that gives him a chance to assess the healing progress of your gums and jawbone. For the first year after treatment, follow-up appointments are essential to the success of your implants. Additionally, visiting ProSmile once every six months for a cleaning and general examination will allow our team to thoroughly clean the areas in your mouth that are hard to reach with a standard toothbrush. Oral cancer screenings, TMJ assessments, and digital X-rays will all be taken to keep track of any changes in your oral health.
Dental implant hygiene it is equally important at home as it is at our office. We suggest you brush and waterpik your teeth at least twice a day. Using a fluoride rinse and toothpaste can be used to improve your at-home care. If your teeth are not properly cleaned, plaque will build up and eventually erode your tooth structure, and may even lead to tooth loss. Failing to clean the bacteria from your gums increases your chances of contracting periodontal (gum) disease, which can cause a number of medical and oral health problems.
Having a healthy, beautiful, long-lasting smile takes commitment. When properly cared for, your new smile can last the rest of your life and provide limitless bright and confident smiles. Dr. Freimuth and his team of experts are always ready and willing to answer any questions you have, so if you would like to learn more about dental implant hygiene, contact ProSmile today.