With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime and not require replacement like bridges or dentures. You should follow our instructions for care. For most patients with dental implants this will mean brushing your prosthetic teeth and implants at least twice a day and flossing them once a day. You should also maintain your regularly scheduled oral hygiene appointments in our office.
By brushing, flossing, and staying on your recommended schedule of hygiene appointments, the gum tissue and bone around each implant should remain healthy. If bacteria does build up and inflammation begins, you will notice puffy gum tissue, redness and or bleeding when you brush and floss. Left untreated, the inflammation can advance to become periodontitis and your damage gum and bone tissue. This will affect the stability of your implant, can lead to the loss of your implant, and can make it difficult to restore your mouth.
If you are a smoker or have diabetes, another inflammatory disease, or a genetic predisposition for gum disease, your risk is increased. If you notice that your gum tissue is becoming red or puffy, or bleeds when you brush and floss, call us immediately. You many need to have more frequent visits with our dental hygienist, and we will help you to improve your home care.