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Implant dentistry is an exciting new chapter in the life of your teeth! If you take care of your implants and make sure that you make your regular appointments, dental implants can last for decades.
To make the most out of your new dental implants, you’ll want to take great care of them. While the task may seem daunting, taking care of your implants will keep your mouth healthy and make the implants last much longer! Read on for a short primer on taking care of your implant dentistry, from the very first appointment to years down the road.
Dr. Vahidi’s Guide to Taking Care of Implant Dentistry
Implant dentistry is made up of two parts: the root and the crown. The root of an implant is a titanium root that your dentist places in your jawbone. After some time, this root will fuse to the bone and become a sturdy part of your jawbone, strengthening it and behaving like a natural tooth root. The second component is the crown, which is a synthetic tooth that fits onto the root, just like a real tooth fits into the jaw. When the crown is placed over the dental implant, it looks and behaves just like a real tooth.]
When you think about taking care of your implant dentistry, think about taking care of both parts.
Taking care of the crown is very similar to taking care of a regular tooth. The area will be sore after your procedure, so follow the instruction given by your dentist to brush gently. After the soreness fades, make sure to brush the crown and the surrounding gum just like you would any other tooth, and do not let plaque accumulate between the crown and your natural teeth–always floss!
The root is a bit more complicated to take care of because it is in the jaw itself. Once the crown is on, you can keep the whole implant healthy with good dental hygiene and regular checkups, but until the crown is installed, there are a few things you can do to keep it healthy.
After the procedure, the site where the root was placed will be sore. Be sure to rinse it regularly, either with a salt water rinse or the medical rinse your dentist gives you. This will keep the site clean and free from infection, which could complicate your procedure. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, your dentist might give you an antibiotic to keep the site from becoming infected. Make sure to complete the course of antibiotics, because if the site becomes infected, it can damage your gum and jeopardize the possibility of getting a crown fitted.
If you follow your dentist’s instructions, your implant dentistry should heal quickly and become a natural part of your mouth in no time. If you’re one of our patients and have any concerns at all about your new implant dentistry, don’t hesitate to call Reconstructive Dentistry! Our team of expert technicians can tell you anything you need to know about taking care of your implants. Give us a call with any questions at (212) 753-7000.