Steps to Properly Care for Your Dental Implants

Dental Patient Brushing Their Full Arch Dental Implant

If you’re ready to invest in dental implants, it’s important to know how to properly care for them once your treatment is concluded. Dental implants don’t need special maintenance outside of your normal hygiene routine, but there are additional steps dentists recommend you can take in your everyday life. Knowing exactly how to care for your dental implants and your smile can help ensure the longevity of your investment.

 

Brush and Floss Daily

Brushing and flossing your teeth every day is how you remove the bacterial plaque from your teeth. If oral hygiene is neglected, plaque hardens into tartar and releases dangerous toxins that lead to gum disease. Especially when you have dental implants, not maintaining good oral hygiene can lead to peri-implantitis, a condition like gum disease where bacteria infect the gum tissues and bone surrounding a dental implant. Brush twice daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste and floss once a day to help ensure you don’t experience dental implant failure!

Eat a Nutritious Diet

Consuming a well-balanced diet helps provide your body and mouth with the nutrients to remain healthy, in addition to helping boost your immune system. A healthy diet includes foods rich in vitamins and minerals, proteins, fiber, and calcium, with limited sugars, carbs, and starches. Within your diet, it’s recommended that you also avoid hard and sticky foods so as not to harm your dental implants. Though rare, there is always a risk your dental implant can become damaged when biting and chewing these types of foods.

Minimize or Quit Smoking

Numerous scientific studies provide evidence for a link between smoking and an increased risk for periodontal disease. Nicotine in cigarettes reduces blood flow to the soft tissues and weakens the immune system. This makes it more difficult for the body to heal after surgery and for the bone and implant to integrate. Cigarette smoke can also burn tissues inside the mouth and block salivary glands, increasing the risk for dry mouth and the development of gum disease.

Visit a Periodontist Regularly

Routine visits to the dentist or periodontist are an easy way to ensure your dental implants and smile are in good health. Dr. Lauren Anderson, a board-certified periodontist, recommends preventive appointments after dental implant treatment. As an expert in dental implants, she has the expertise to catch problems or symptoms early and provide personalized treatment to restore your periodontal health. She holds active memberships in numerous organizations, including the American Academy of Periodontology (Diplomate) and the American Dental Association, to ensure her care is personalized, efficient, and cutting-edge.

 

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’re interested in dental implants or are concerned you may have peri-implantitis, contact Dr. Lauren Anderson at Anderson Periodontal Wellness today by scheduling your consultation today in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI(248) 480-4910

How Dental Implants Improve Denture Stability

Full Arch Dental Implant Patient Checking Her Teeth Post Procedure

One of the common causes of concern for individuals who wear dentures is how unstable their smile becomes over time. An inconvenience at best and debilitating at worst, loose dentures that slip during eating and speaking can make daily life unbearable. Thankfully, our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, offers a solution with dental implants.

 

Why Dentures Become Loose

While dentures are a time-tested replacement for no teeth, they do not address the jawbone loss that occurs when natural teeth are lost. This change in the jaw ridge’s size is what leads to loose, ill-fitting dentures. Patients in this situation may find it increasingly difficult to function in everyday life and often live in a constant state of worry that their dentures will slip or fall out when they least expect.

How Dental Implants Help

Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone to function as imitation tooth roots. They are currently the healthiest and only permanent way to replace missing teeth and stabilize dentures. Biocompatible dental implants integrate with the natural jawbone, resulting in a sturdy and strong foundation for a denture to be attached. Using either two or four dental implants strategically placed around the jaw, dentures can be attached using a ball-retained or bar-retained system.

Benefiting from Denture Stabilization

Implant supported dentures that remain secure in a patient’s mouth provide greater function for biting and chewing foods as well as help improve speech. Fixed to dental implants, dentures no longer need reliance on pastes or adhesives to stay in place. This solution improves oral health as well, by reducing irritation and mouth sores caused by loose dentures and providing healthy jawbone stimulation. A more secure smile improves a patient’s overall health and confidence as well.

 

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Anderson is an expert in dental implants and uses minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. As a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, she remains current on advancements in implant dentistry to provide comfortable surgical care for her patients. If you’re struggling with loose, ill-fitting dentures and are interested in dental implants, schedule your consultation today in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI(248) 480-4910