How to Care For Your Dental Implants
Dental implants are becoming a popular new trend in cosmetic dentistry. As I, Dr. Paul Caputo, can tell you, though, the benefits reach beyond just looks. Dental implants can help give you healthier gums and teeth, and can also help prevent you from having to undergo inconvenient dental procedures. But once you’ve gotten some new dental implants – from the office of a Palm Harbor, FL dentist like me, or elsewhere – you’ve still got to take some steps to care for them properly. Here are some simple ways to keep your mouth healthy once you’ve gotten implants.
Keeping implants clean can be a little more complicated than cleaning your original teeth – and although you can probably handle your own day-to-day maintenance at home, it pays to check in with your dentist at least once every six months. Your dentist can clean your implants much more deeply than you can at home, which will help prevent plaque and other bacterial buildup from causing infections. Your dentist can also check for and treat inflammations, which may not be causing you pain, but can lead to serious oral trouble down the road.
Watch What You Eat, Drink, and Smoke
The same rules that apply for your original teeth also apply when you’ve got dental implants: Avoid sugary foods and drinks, and stay away from cigarettes. Even if you’ve smoked all your life, your dentist can recommend tools you can use to quit. Quitting smoking is extra important when you have dental implants, because the implants can get permanently stained from tobacco smoke. Other infections, too, can creep in around your implants if you aren’t careful. So stick with sugar-free foods and drinks, and your teeth and gums should be fine.
Daily cleaning keeps your implants in tip-top shape – so don’t forget to brush and floss twice every day, and follow any other implant-cleaning tips your dentist has prescribed for you. Your dentist or dental hygienist may have given you special tools for cleaning your implants, since dental implants are constructed differently from natural teeth. And avoid using metal cleaning tools, especially sharp ones, on any dental implant, since these can permanently scratch the surfaces of your implant more than those of normal teeth.
Dental implants cost a little more than dentures (“false teeth”), but the cost of dental implants is worth it for many people, since implants feel more like natural teeth. Still, it takes a little extra special care to make sure your implants stay pearly white and unscratched, and that infections don’t build up around them. How much are dental implants? It depends on your situation. But if you come by my office in Palm Harbor, FL, just ask for Dr. Paul Caputo. I’ll be happy to talk about a dental implant procedure that works for you.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A