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If you have invested in dental implants, you understand how important it would be to care for them.  When cared for appropriately, research shows that there is a 98% success rate for a twenty year period. The dental implant specialists at Bear River Dental, Dr. Nate Lester, Dr. Luke Owens, and Dr. Hayden Welch, are here to help you understand the importance of proper care for your dental implants. Here’s an overview of how to keep your dental implants healthy and extend their life expectancy: 

Brush RegularlyDental implants require regular brushing habits like natural teeth. These habits are essential to avoid plaque build-up that can damage the surrounding tissue and lead to infection or gum disease. Be sure to brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush for two minutes at a time—don’t rush it! We always recommend a high quality electric toothbrush such as the Philips Sonicare or Oral-B to maximize the benefits of brushing.

Floss Daily—Flossing is just as important when caring for dental implants as it is with natural teeth. It would be best to floss gently around the implant’s base where it meets the gum line or between the teeth so that all debris is removed. It’s best to use waxed floss that slides easily between the teeth without causing damage or irritation. 

Maintain Healthy Eating Habits—A well-rounded diet helps ensure that your body gets all the nutrients needed for strong bones and healthy gums, which is essential for maintaining strong dental implants. Limiting sugary snacks and drinks (including soft drinks) can lead to cavities, decay, and gum disease over time if consumed too often. Additionally, focus on eating foods high in calcium such as dairy products, green leafy vegetables (spinach), nuts (almonds), fish, and organic whole grains – these all help maintain strong bones so your implant can remain stable over time. 

Visit Your Dentist For Regular Checkups—You should visit Bear River Dental every six months, or more often if recommended by your hygienist, to monitor any changes around any of your existing restorations or newly placed ones before they become major problems down the road. During these visits, be sure to share any concerns you may have about your oral health. If you are experiencing pain, notice unusual changes in taste, or see discoloration around any part of the implant structure, see your dentist immediately, as these may signify infection or an adverse reaction.  It would be important to seek immediate medical treatment from your dentist at Bear River Dental.  Regular cleanings will ensure that your teeth and gums around your implant are healthy.

Avoid Smoking—Regularly smoking cigarettes over extended periods of time can cause significant damage to oral health becuase of its negative effects on tissue structures near implants. The damaged tissue can lead to infection around the structure and adjacent structures. Smoking can also weaken immunity levels and cause complications such as periodontitis (gum disease). 

Take Medications Appropriately—If you have been prescribed an oral antibiotic by your dentist or doctor, always follow dispensing instructions as given. This includes taking the correct dosage amount, and taking it at the appropriate time intervals.  Following instructions carefully can help avoid complications such as adverse reactions or allergies.

Dental Implants in Evanston, WY

Taking good care of your dental implants is essential in ensuring that they last over extended periods of time. Proper dental hygiene also minimizes risks to the health of your implants associated with infection. So, be sure to practice good dental hygiene and stay current on your regular dental checkups. 

If you are interested in dental implants, contact Bear River Dental in Evanston, WY, to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!