An implant in the lower jawIf you’re one of the millions of Americans who have experienced tooth loss, there’s no question that dental implants in Scarborough would be an outstanding investment in your oral health. Other options like bridges or dentures simply don’t look, feel or function like your own teeth the way that implants do. Not to mention that they can last many decades – with the right care on your part! Many people assume that implants are maintenance-free since they can’t develop cavities, but that’s not the whole story. Keep reading to find out why implants still require basic care and how you can make sure they last as long as possible!

Why Do Implants Need To Be Maintained?

It’s certainly true that implants can’t get cavities. However, they still require healthy gum tissue and bone support to remain strong and stable.

In fact, gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss because it can cause the teeth to become loose and fall out. In the same way, it can also threaten the health of implants over time.

How Should You Care For Your Implants?

Thankfully, caring for your implants is easier than you might have expected. Here are some tips for making sure they stay healthy over the long-term:

  • Establish good hygiene – Brush at least twice a day for two minutes and floss at least once. Be sure to ask your dentist or hygienist for a demonstration of how to floss around your implant, as the technique is slightly different than it is for natural teeth.
  • Use the right tools – Some patients do better with different hygiene tools such as an electric toothbrush or oral irrigator.
  • Wear a night guard for clenching and grinding – Nighttime clenching and grinding puts a huge amount of force on both natural teeth and implants. Wearing a night guard is a great way to prevent implant failure and protect your natural teeth at the same time.
  • Get regular dental care – It’s important to get regular checkups so a professional can monitor the health of your implants. They’ll make sure your implants have adequate bone support and will be able to catch and treat any potential problems early on.

Part of what makes implants such an excellent investment is that they last so long. With these guidelines, you can make sure you don’t miss out on this important benefit!

About the Author

Dr. Samantha Amaro is a general, cosmetic and restorative dentist who works closely with each patient to create an implant solution to fit their needs perfectly. With advanced training and years of experience, she’s restored the smiles (and self-confidence) of countless implant patients. If you’d like more information about how to care for your dental implants, she can be reached via her website or at (416) 285-4545.