According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the success rate for dental implant surgery is over 95%. And when implanted teeth are placed by an experienced oral surgeon, the probability of success climbs to 98%.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime — but for that to happen, they need proper care. This shouldn’t be a concern, though, as implanted teeth are actually simple to maintain. To ensure the long-term success of your newly restored smile, follow these tips from the professional team at Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Brush Your Teeth
Are you in the habit of brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, two times a day? Keep doing that after getting dental implants. If your regular toothbrush isn’t reaching the spaces between your natural teeth and the implants, swap it out for an interdental brush — the smaller bristles can make cleaning these areas easier.
Take Time to Floss
Hopefully, you’re already flossing at least once per day — but if you aren’t, start. If you skip this step, the gums surrounding your implanted teeth stand a stronger chance of developing periodontal disease. Using waxed or unwaxed dental floss, hand-held flossers or a water flosser daily helps prevent this outcome.
Do you use a mouth rinse? After dental implant surgery, adopting this oral hygiene habit can be beneficial. Therapeutic mouthwashes contain ingredients that help keep the teeth and gums healthy — and a mouth rinse can easily reach areas untouched by your toothbrush and flosser. Ask your oral surgeon to recommend a nonabrasive, antimicrobial mouthwash that’s safe for implanted teeth.
Protect Your Smile
If you grind or clench your teeth when you’re sleeping, consider wearing a protective dental appliance at night. Oral surgeons often advise dental implant patients with bruxism to wear custom-made bite guards or splints during sleep to diminish the effects of tooth grinding and lessen the chance of it leading to implant failure.
Schedule Regular Checkups
Being diligent about your at-home oral hygiene routine is a smart way to preserve the health, beauty and integrity of your newly restored smile — but you still need regular checkups. Seeing your oral surgeon for a professional examination every three to six months means any issues that could arise don’t go undetected — and the earlier a problem is caught, the more easily it’s treated. Routine cleanings by a dental hygienist are just as important, because thoroughly removing plaque and tartar buildup helps prevent implant failure.
The board-certified oral surgeons at Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, serving patients in the greater east central Indiana area, can explain everything you need to know to know about living with dental implants. We specialize in placing implanted teeth, and with us, you can feel confident in the success of your newly restored smile.
For more information on dental implant care, or to schedule an oral surgeon consultation, reach out to Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today.