If you have recently completed the dental implant placement process, congratulations!
The first few days after your implant is restored to full function are a great time to celebrate your achievement; you followed your dentist’s recommendations to the letter, and now you’re enjoying the rewards. It was an investment in time and money, but it’s all behind you, so give yourself a pat on the back!
But now that the process is complete, how what's the best way to protect your investment? You want to ensure that the implant remains as a permanent structure in your jaw, so the last thing you want is to compromise all that effort by not taking the correct steps to protect it.
Maintaining Gum Health is the Key to Longevity
Fortunately, maintaining your dental implant is no more complicated than caring for your natural teeth. However, the one way that care differs for your implant is that you have to be super-vigilant about maintaining excellent gum health. The reason is that your implant gains its strength using the support of healthy, dense bone in your jaw, and the biggest cause of dental implant failure is untreated gum disease that gradually destroys supporting bone.
Step Up Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Even if you brush and floss like a pro, take a moment to check in with your dentist to review healthy habits. It’s easy to get a little too relaxed with your technique, so reviewing and relearning good habits will help keep your gums healthy and free of disease.
Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year
Many people take an “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” attitude about dentistry, but this kind of thinking can get you into trouble. Even if you don’t notice any problems, your six-month visits are crucial if you want to get the most longevity from your dental implant. Not only will your dentist and hygienist check for conditions that may be developing, but you will have a thorough cleaning that gives you a clean slate for the next six months.
Call Us to Reserve an Appointment
If you are considering dental implants in Van Nuys, please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry and request an appointment with Dr. Daniel Bacquet to learn more!