How to care for dental implants following placement surgery
At Peninsula Dental Implant Center in San Mateo County, Dr. Shivani Gupta and her dental team work to help patients restore their smiles when tooth loss occurs. The smile, health, and function are negatively affected when adult, permanent teeth are missing, and patients have a few different options available to them when it comes to restoring the smile. This includes dental implant surgery, a popular tooth root replacement option that provides false teeth that function just like natural teeth. The versatility and longevity of dental implants make them a popular choice. With proper care, men and women can easily maintain their implants for a lifetime!
How to care for dental implants
Following are a few recommendations for maintaining healthy implants.
- Brush and floss regularly. As with natural teeth, dental implants require a proper oral hygiene routine to keep them clean and free of bacteria or plaque build-up. It is essential to brush twice each day for two minutes and use special floss or pressurized water jet floss daily to remove any build-up in between the implants
- Visit the dentist routinely. Regular checkups and cleanings are essential for the mouth’s overall health, including dental implants. Dental professionals can visually inspect implants, take x-rays and scans to see bone loss and other signs of wear or damage that may need attention
- Avoid hard foods. While dental implants are strong enough to chew on most typical food items, it is best to avoid extremely hard substances like jawbreaker candies or nuts that can put excess force on the implant and cause damage
- Quit smoking. Smoking reduces the oxygen supply to gums and negatively affect dental implants over time, so patients should quit smoking to extend the longevity of their implants
Why should I consider Peninsula Dental Implant Center?
Dr. Shivani Gupta is a highly trained and experienced dental implant provider with almost two decades of serving patients in the bay area and providing dental implantology services. She is a member and associate fellow of various dental organizations and continues to educate herself on advances in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. In addition, her office is pleased to provide free consultation, complete repair of the smile, and advanced technologies for diagnosing, planning, and treating common dental concerns.
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