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Dental Implant Aftercare – Wayne, PA

Making Your Tooth Replacement Last

While dental implants are an ideal solution for tooth loss due to their longevity, you’ll need to make sure to practice certain habits to protect their lifespan and esthetics. The dentists at Wayne Family Dentistry are prepared to help in any way they can to make your immediate and long-term aftercare simple and easy to understand. If you’re having difficulty taking care of your dental implants, don’t hesitate to give them a call today!

Take Immediate Aftercare Seriously

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The healing phase is one of the most important steps of dental implant treatment because it can dramatically impact the long-term success of your tooth replacement. For example, you should not be using tobacco of any kind and practicing strict oral care daily to protect your smile. Failing to follow aftercare instructions from our office could result in interruptions in your recovery as well as a failed implant.

Always Prioritize Your Oral Health

A diagram of a dental implant.

When you don’t make your oral hygiene a priority, you allow oral bacteria to slip underneath your implant. This leads to plaque acids building up not just on the implant itself, but the tissue that’s supporting it. To reduce your risk and ensure your implant lasts for many decades, be sure to:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste (be sure that your dental implant is getting the attention it needs)
  • Floss at least once a day (purchase a water flosser or floss threader to clean an implant-retained bridge or denture)
  • Consider adding an antibacterial fluoride mouth rinse to your routine
  • Make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day (this keeps saliva production high, which is crucial for keeping the mouth clean)

Avoid Physical Trauma to Your Smile

Dentist explaining dental implant aftercare to patient.

Dental implants are strong, but they can still become damaged or knocked out as a result of physical trauma. To ensure this doesn’t happen, you should always:

  • Wear a dedicated nightguard if you grind or clench your teeth at night
  • Wear a sportsguard whenever you play contact sports (such as basketball, baseball, football, hockey, or boxing)
  • Always remain aware of your surroundings to prevent accidentally tripping and falling

Maintain Routine Checkups

A mouthguard designed to protect dental implants in Wayne.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve only replaced a single tooth with dental implants or you have a dedicated implant-retained denture replacing a whole arch, you’ll still need to maintain routine dental checkups and cleanings to ensure your oral health is in order. During these checkups, our dentists will examine the condition of your natural teeth and your dental implants. This way, you can avoid long-term issues before they have a chance to cause any harm to your oral health. If necessary, the restoration attached to your implant could even be detached to clean certain areas more thoroughly during your checkup.