How to Care for Your Dental Implants
It is never easy to lose a natural tooth from your smile, but at Lake Erie Dental, we want our Erie, PA patients to understand that they have options after tooth loss. Advancements in medical technology in recent years have made dental implants an excellent replacement option when a natural tooth is lost, and dental implants are growing in popularity.
If you have recently had one or more dental implants placed, you may have questions about how to care for your implants. The good news is that caring for dental implants is relatively simple, and if you can maintain a strong oral hygiene regimen, you are setting your implants up for success.
We encourage our patients to treat their dental implants much like how they would treat their natural teeth: clean the area regularly, take precautions with what you eat and what comes into contact with the tooth, and continue to visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups. As an Erie, PA patient with dental implants, you should consider the following:
Brush your implants as you would normally brush an actual tooth, taking care to brush around the gum line and over the entire surface of the porcelain crown
Floss daily, and floss more than once per day if you have eaten “difficult” foods such as popcorn or potato chips. The porcelain structure of your dental implant will not decay the way enamel on a natural tooth would, but your neighboring teeth and gum line are still susceptible to cavities
Avoid biting down on extremely hard foods. Dental implants are remarkably durable and are meant to chew food along with your existing teeth, but exercise caution when dealing with foods such as carrots, hard candies, and croutons. Chewing with your back teeth and avoiding biting down directly onto implants placed in the front of the mouth will help extend the life of your dental implants significantly
For additional questions about dental implants placed at our Erie, PA dental office, call or visit us at your convenience!