Modern dental implants give much of the look and feel of your original teeth. Dental implants surgically replace the roots of missing teeth and support prosthodontics. However, dental implants do affect your oral health going forward, and it's important to ensure that you take proper care of your dental implants so that your mouth remains healthy.

How to Keep Your Implants Healthy

Brush and floss daily and use high-quality mouthwash. You should also avoid chewing hard items. Permanent implants should be cleaned just the same way as your natural teeth.

You should see your dentist for regular checkups as usual. If you are switching to a new dentist, take care to ensure your dental records are transferred so that he knows where your implants are and how long they have been in.

Also, make sure you are getting enough calcium. Consider a calcium supplement, especially if you are a post-menopausal woman.

Specific Do's and Don'ts for Care of Dental Implants

Here are some more specific dos and don'ts to consider when you have implants

Don't

  • Smoke. Try to quit if you can. At the very least, refrain from smoking for one week before and two months after your surgery. Tobacco slows the healing process.
  • Chew tobacco.
  • Grind your teeth. If you tend to do this at night, talk to your dentist about being fitted for a mouthguard.
  • Use toothpaste that contains baking soda or other abrasive ingredients designed to whiten natural teeth. These can remove the glaze on implants.

Do

  • See your dentist three times a year, rather than the normally recommended two, so he can keep an eye on your implants. Depending on your treatment plan, you may need to occasionally visit your prosthodontist.
  • Pay special attention to your implants when brushing and flossing. With some implants, it may not be possible to floss around the implants. If this affects you, a water flosser is a good alternative.
  • Follow your prosthodontists' instructions while recovering from surgery. For example, you should be on a soft diet for a period of time afterward while the implants heal.
  • Take a calcium supplement or increase your intake of calcium-rich foods, especially if you are a post-menopausal woman. The weakening of the bone around the implant can cause premature failure.

How a Comprehensive Treatment Plan is Vital

If you are a candidate for dental implants Doctor Tyler will put together a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan. He will discuss with you the pros and cons of permanent implants. A qualified prosthodontist has studied beyond the requirements for general dentistry and will know whether you are a good candidate for implants and be able to come up with a plan that is right for you.

Your treatment plan will cover:

  • The number and kind of implants you are receiving (note that if you have a titanium allergy you will need alternative materials).
  • How to prepare for your surgery, including advice on how to improve the health of your mouth and jaw.
  • After-care instructions.
  • A number of follow-up visits to ensure you are healing well.

It is vitally important that you follow the treatment plan exactly, even if you are "feeling better." If you experience unexpected pain or swelling around the implant site, contact your dentist right away as it could be a sign of an infection or allergic reaction. Doctor Tyler is an experienced prosthodontist who will come up with the right treatment and after-care plan to restore your smile.

With proper care, your implants will last decades. If you are considering dental implants to replace damaged or missing teeth, contact top dentist Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.