Dental implants are metal posts that act as the tooth’s root. The dental implant is placed into the jawbone in place of the missing tooth’s root. The jawbone grows around the and fuses with the dental implant, creating a strong, stable foundation for a replacement tooth. The dental implant is capped with a dental crown, which looks like a natural tooth.
Even though dental implants are made of materials that are much like your natural teeth, they don’t work the same way. As a result, they are more vulnerable to gum disease; frequent, focused visits are essential to ensure the longevity of your dental implants. Brushing and flossing your dental implant just like you do your natural teeth wouldn’t suffice. Your dentist can provide you with a thorough dental implant cleaning that will get rid of plaque and tartar buildup. This will reduce the risk of gum disease and infection. When you take good care of your dental implants, they can help you continue living your life to the fullest. Dental implants are a long-term solution, and with proper maintenance, they can last a lifetime.
How often do I need to clean my dental implants?
You will want to clean your dental implants every day. The cleanings don’t need to be very long, but it’s important to get in the habit of cleaning your dental implants regularly. While brushing your implants, you should brush the abutment and crown gently with your regular toothbrush. Do not brush the implant itself.
What if I am not cleaning my dental implants?
If you do not take care of your dental implants, this can lead to several problems. The dental implant will fail and can lead to bone defects and lose integration into the bone. Dental implants are a form of oral surgery. Patients who do not clean their dental implants may end up with an infection in the treated area. An infection in the mouth can lead to other health problems.
Surgically attached dental implants
Dental implants are surgically placed under the gums. Since they are surgically placed, they can only be removed by a dentist. That’s right: dental implant cleanings are performed by your dentist, not by you. Visit our dental practice and our team will conduct a thorough diagnosis of your mouth and suggest how to go about the cleaning of your dental implants.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Day Dental Implants and Dentures, call (701) 888-9222 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 5120 Prosperity Way Ste. 108, Fargo, ND.