Dental Implants: Care Questions

dentalimplantcloseupNobody really likes to focus solely on the logical questions and the long-term concerns when it comes to making changes to your smile. This is often what happens when a patient learns about implants. First, the patients feels overwhelmed with excitement that implants might benefit his or her smile. But then, the questions and concerns creep in. For example, how do you care for dental implants? This is a worthwhile question and certainly something you should explore much further before you agree to treatment. For more information about caring for implants, so you can make your final decision, look over the following questions and answers:

Questions and Answers About Implant Care

Question: Do I need to brush my smile if I have implants?

Answer: Yes, even though your implants are made of artificial material, you will need to provide them with daily care. This includes both brushing and flossing.

Question: Why do I need to care for my implants and restorations if they aren’t made out of human tissue?

Answer: Think about where the implant is located. It’s connected to your jaw tissue and sits within your gum tissue. To keep your mouth healthy, you must keep all areas free of plaque and food debris. Plaque rests on artificial material and food or bacteria may still irritate gum tissue. Therefore, daily hygiene is important. Brushing and flossing will help you avoid problems like periodontal disease and the eventual loss of your implant.

Question: Do I need to use special brushes or floss?

Answer: No, dental implant care is pretty much identical to the care we suggest for your natural teeth. You will need to use a soft-bristle toothbrush and remember to clean every surface of your teeth. You will also need to floss once a day.


Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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