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Dental Implant Aftercare – Delafield, WI

Beneficial Tips for Extending the Life of Your New Smile

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Ensuring you have all the necessary information for proper dental implant care in Delafield is the most important step after receiving your custom restoration. Because these unique tooth replacement solutions are designed to last decades or even a lifetime, you’ll want to pay close attention to the tips and suggestions provided to you by Dr. Holinbeck and our team of professionals. With a committed mindset and willingness to go above and beyond to take care of your teeth and gums, you can expect to enjoy your new smile for many years to come.

Prioritize At-Home Oral Hygiene

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While it is true that your dental implants cannot decay, it doesn’t mean that you can forgo your regular oral hygiene routine. Your gums are sensitive areas that remain vulnerable to plaque-causing bacteria that forms in your mouth. If it begins to attack the soft oral tissues surrounding your new implants, you can develop what is known as peri-implantitis, which can lead to the destruction of the bone and ultimately, your implant(s).

This is why it is crucial to prevent this type of problem by continuing to maintain good oral hygiene. By brushing your teeth twice a day for two full minutes and flossing at least once a day (preferably before going to bed), you can effectively remove any bacteria and food particles from your oral cavity. You are advised to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging your gums as well as a non-abrasive toothpaste. This will keep your prosthetics looking their best. Also, don’t forget to incorporate mouthwash into your routine, as it will kill bacteria that cause tooth decay, gingivitis, and bad breath.

If regular dental floss proves too difficult to use, ask Dr. Holinbeck about alternative options such as a water irrigator or interdental brush.

Protect Your Dental Implants

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Now that your dental implants in Delafield are firmly in place, you want to make sure they do not become damaged in any way. Unfortunately, you cannot predict when accidents will happen, but you can take extra steps to avoid them if at all possible.

Wearing a custom-made mouthguard while playing sports will protect your implants from injury should you suffer a hard hit or fall. These oral devices are also effective should you experience problems with teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism). Because this common dental issue causes wear and tear on your tooth enamel, it can wreak havoc on your implants if you’re not careful, and since it occurs most often at night, you may be unable to control it. To avoid chips, fractures, or breaks in your implants, allow your implant dentist in Delafield to recommend a nightguard to safeguard your smile.

Lastly, it’s important that you avoid some of the more common day-to-day habits you may find yourself doing, such as chewing on pens or pencils, chomping on ice, or opening packages with your teeth. All of these can damage your new implants and cost your valuable time and money to replace them.

Schedule Regular Checkups & Cleanings

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Just because your new teeth are not real doesn’t mean you can skip your six-month dental checkups and cleanings with Dr. Holinbeck. It is during these visits that she will not only examine your natural, healthy teeth, but she will also check your implants and restoration for any problem areas and ensure they are still firmly in place and maintaining a natural appearance.

She will also check your bone density to ensure there are no weakened areas of the jawbone or additional loose teeth.

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