After you have had your dental implant surgery, protecting your investment and keeping your oral health in tip-top condition is likely your goal, and this is an excellent objective to have. Like your natural teeth, if you do not keep your dental implants clean this could lead to issues developing in the future. As a result, instead of having your implants serve you for the long term or even permanently, you may experience dental failure.
Dr. McBride is a San Diego implant dentist that can provide guidance after dental implant surgery so patients know how exactly to care for their smile. Proper dental maintenance will help you preserve your teeth, gums, and overall quality of life.
Dental implants will not decay and rot the way that natural teeth will if not cleaned regularly. However, the soft tissues around the implants can become infected and affect the integrity of those dental prosthetics. Proper brushing, flossing, and mouth wash can minimize the chances of developing harmful gum disease.
Gum disease is incredibly destructive to soft tissues and bone material, both of which are necessary to keep natural teeth and dental implants intact in the mouth. So even if your implant was placed properly, not brushing and cleaning your teeth could lead to gum disease, also called periodontitis.
Therefore, if you want your dental implants to last you will improve your chances of this happening if you take good care and keep up proper oral hygiene habits. When it comes to oral health, a toothbrush is a necessary tool. Your San Diego dentist can advise you on which options will be the best for your circumstances.
Both electronic and manual toothbrushing will work when it comes to cleaning teeth. If you enjoy the use of an electronic toothbrush, you could be concerned that you will have to give it up after getting dental implants. The good news is that this is generally not the case. It is typically fine to use an electronic toothbrush for cleaning dental implants. Remember, initially after your surgery is complete, you will still need to give yourself time to heal. Your dental implant specialist at McBride Dental can provide further information on when it is ok to use an electronic toothbrush to care for your teeth.
Ultimately, how healthy your mouth is will be what determines the longevity of your dental implants, and, your other natural teeth for that matter. This is why whether you use a manual or an electric toothbrush to get the job done, the important thing is that you are caring for your oral hygiene every day and also seeing your dentist regularly at least twice each year.
Do you have missing teeth and questions about dental implants? For all of your concerns about dental implants and to secure more information to determine if they are the right way to fix your missing teeth, contact the San Marcos cosmetic dentist at McBride Dental today by calling (760) 471-1003. You can meet with Dr. McBride for a free consultation to go over all options available that can address the issue of missing teeth and fixing smiles.