5 Easy Ways to Care For Your Dental Implants

So you’ve just got your first dental implant. Congratulations! Dental implants are as close as you can get to natural teeth. They’re dependable, functional, and attractive. If you take care of your dental implant, it should last for a long time. Caring for an implant is similar to caring for natural teeth, with just a few key differences. Here’s what you need to know about caring for your new dental implant.

1. Avoid Abrasive Kinds of Toothpaste

Abrasive toothpaste, like toothpaste that contain fluoride, can scratch your implant. Avoid any toothpaste specifically designed to remove stains and toothpaste specifically designed for people who smoke.

2. Floss Daily

Flossing daily is important no matter who you are, but it’s especially important if you have an implant. If you don’t floss already, start flossing now! If you’re out of the habit of flossing, you may need special instruction from your dentist. Talk to your dental professional about your flossing technique, and take your dentist’s suggestions seriously.

3. Never Use Your Teeth Like Scissors

Some people use their teeth to cut open packages, chew through strings and perform other tasks meant more for scissors. This is bad for all teeth, natural teeth included, but it’s especially bad for your dental implants. Never use your implants like scissors!

4. Use a Soft Nylon Brush

Toothbrushes come in hard, medium, soft, and extra soft varieties. If you’re not already using a soft or extra-soft nylon toothbrush, switch. If your dentist feels like you need a medium toothbrush for your natural teeth, pick up a soft nylon brush for cleaning the part of your mouth where your implant is located.

5. Visit the Dentist Regularly

Now that you have an implant, taking care of your teeth is more important than ever. After all, you don’t want to have to replace your implant! Make regular appointments with the dentist to get your teeth cleaned and examined. Follow all dentist recommendations and adjust your oral hygiene habits as needed.

Ready for Implant Surgery? Contact Dr. Tupta

If you need an implant, don’t wait to get the job done! Contact Dr. Tupta to make your next appointment to discuss implant installation.

 

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Dentures Versus Implants What Should I Do?  

Do you want to remove all your teeth but don’t know what your options are? If so, you are not alone. That’s why we are going to discuss your options here. Should you opt for dentures or get dental implants? Here’s what you need to know.

Dentures Aren’t Permanent, But They Are Affordable

Dentures are an affordable option if you remove all your teeth. However, dentures are not permanent and, therefore, aren’t truly a replacement for your teeth.

The Downside to Dentures

The problem with dentures is they are not permanently fastened. That means dentures don’t always stay in place and can move and shift. Dentures sometimes make chewing and eating difficult. Additionally, dentures must be removed every night. Dentures only last between 5-10 years. And the worst part about dentures is that missing teeth can cause your jawbone to erode over time.

Dental Implants are Highly Recommended and Here’s Why

Dental implants are highly recommended as a tooth replacement option. Implants are just like having real teeth and because they are inserted into the jaw and fused with the bone, they help prevent jawbone erosion.

Dental Implants Are Now Affordable with This New Option

There is now what’s called an “All on 4” or “All on 6” option for dental implants. This is different from implanting each tooth individually. These All on 4 or 6 options only require implanting four or six of your teeth (depending on what your dentist recommends) on the top and bottom of your jaw. These implants are semi-permanent.

After the implants are set, a permanent denture, usually called an overdenture, is connected to the implants. These look, feel, and act like real teeth. You can eat, sleep, and speak normally with them, and you don’t have to worry about them moving or coming out.

Forget What You Previously Thought About Dental Implants

If you previously thought you couldn’t afford an entire mouth of dental implants, the All on 4 and All on 6 dental implant options make what was previously unaffordable—affordable! And this option comes without all the downsides and complaints that most people have about dentures.

What’s Next?

If you want more information about this affordable new dental implant option, please Contact Michael J. Tupta, DDS, Inc. today for a dental implant consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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