Taking Care of Your Implants

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Dental implants are very popular for replacing missing teeth, especially if a person is only missing one or two teeth. Implants are prosthetic teeth that are attached to titanium posts that have been implanted directly into your jawbone. They are very sturdy, and they can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth. As sturdy as your new implants will be, you will need to take very good care of them if they are to be successful. They need a healthy jawbone and gums to do their jobs well.

Implants require surgery, and you will need to follow your dentist’s instructions regarding your postoperative care and your follow-up visits. If you do not intend to follow through on your visits and post-op directions, you could put your implants at risk. If you use tobacco or drugs, you should start a plan to quit. Tobacco and recreational drugs carry with them the risk of disease, particularly to your gums. If you intend to keep using those things, your implants could fail. Finally, you must be committed to brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day. You will need to continue to see your dentist twice a year, or more often, if he directs. Not only will your dentist be able to clean your teeth and check for problems in your mouth, but he can also make sure that your implants are secure.

If you are missing one or more teeth and are interested in finding out if implants are right for you, our dentist, Dr. A. Agustin Vega will be happy to see you. To make an appointment at A. Agustin Vega in Olympia, Washington, call 360-943-5551 today.