Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants incorporate into your bone structure to become a part of your anatomy. Implants are long-lasting, so It makes good sense to take great care of them.
With good home care and regular visits to our Yuma, AZ dental office, your dental implant will look great and may last a lifetime!
How to Keep Up With Your Dental Implants
1. Practice good home hygiene.
- Even though your implant restoration can’t develop cavities, it can form plaque and tartar build-up. It can put your other teeth at risk and inflame your gum tissue. Make sure to floss as well to remove the plaque that can build up between your teeth and just below the gumline.
2. Visit our office for regular cleanings and examinations.
- At each appointment, we will check the condition of your implant to make sure that it is still in great shape.
3. Avoid chewing on hard substances.
- Chewing on hard foods like ice or hard candy can damage your crown – and your natural teeth! Avoid these types of foods and watch out for nervous habits involving your teeth, like biting your nails or chewing on a pencil.
4. Use any cleaning aids recommended by Dr. Carroll.
- Dr. Carroll may recommend a specific type of toothbrush or dental floss to help you make the most of your home care routine. Follow through on his instructions for the best results.
5. Keep an eye out for infection.
- The roots of your natural teeth are often well-protected by gum tissue, which has fibers that connect to the roots to keep debris out. When you have dental implants, these fibers are no longer present. It means that it can be more comfortable for trash (like bits of popcorn) to become stuck between the implant and the gum. If this debris isn’t promptly dislodged, an infection can set in. If you notice that a bit of trash has become struck and brushing and flossing do not remove it, please contact our office right away so that we can get you in and remove the debris.
Call our Yuma AZ Dental Office Today!
If you ever have any questions about caring for your dental implants, please give us a call! We are always happy to provide you with the guidance you need to stay healthy.