Dental Implant Aftercare – Jacksonville, FL
Maintain Your New Smile for Decades to Come
One of the main reasons why we often recommend dental implants over traditional alternatives is their impressive potential to last for 30 years or even longer. They could even provide you with a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles – but only if you properly care for them. On this page, you’ll find some basic guidelines for dental implant aftercare in North Jacksonville. As always, feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
Make Oral Hygiene A Priority
While the implants themselves are immune to cavities, bacteria could sneak into the gum tissue surrounding them. They could weaken the supportive structures and ultimately lead to implant failure.
To prevent bacterial buildup, brush your real and implant-supported teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste twice a day. Floss at least once daily (if you’re having trouble cleaning around the restoration, ask us about a water flosser or floss threader). Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash every day could help eradicate bacteria in parts of your mouth that your toothbrush and floss can’t quite reach.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Physical injury to your implants could damage the tissues supporting them as well as the restoration. The implant itself might even become loose. To reduce your risk of physical trauma, you should:
- Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth. The pressure of frequent grinding places strain on your implants and natural teeth, increasing the chance of worn enamel or fractures.
- Wear a mouthguard when you play sports. Even if your activity of choice is not a “high-contact” sport like football, you should still invest in one of our custom mouthguards to shield your smile from injury due to impact.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Carelessly slipping and falling could spell disaster for your smile. Being mindful of what’s around you when you’re walking can minimize the risk of serious smile injury.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Even if you have lost all of your original teeth, routine dental visits are still of the utmost importance. Not only will any of your remaining teeth be professionally cleaned and examined, but our dentists will also inspect your dental implants in North Jacksonville. If we catch any signs of damage or infection, we can often treat the problem before it can permanently damage your smile. In some cases, we may be able to simply remove your restoration to give your mouth the most thorough cleaning possible.