A dental implant can potentially last you for the rest of your life as long as it is maintained properly. It may not be susceptible to tooth decay like natural teeth, but bacteria can still accumulate around it, leading to implant failure and gum disease. If you get dental implants in Fort Lauderdale, FL, then there are a few things you should do to ensure their longevity.
Proper Brushing Techniques
Regardless of whether you have implants or not, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day to eliminate plaque. You need to brush below the gum line in addition to above it so that bacteria can be removed from the gums to prevent periodontal disease. Our periodontist may recommend getting an electronic toothbrush. No matter what type of toothbrush you use, our professionals will examine your teeth to make sure you are cleaning your teeth and gums correctly.
An expert may recommend that you use a special mouth wash to help get rid of plaque accumulation. There are other oral irrigation techniques to help remove bacteria from around a dental implant. A professional may use these techniques the next time you visit the office.
Routine Dental Appointments
Finally, you want to make sure that you schedule an appointment with your periodontist at least twice a year. Even if nothing feels wrong, it never hurts to get peace of mind. An issue may be developing that is presently asymptomatic, and an expert can handle it before it gets out of control.
Take care of your dental implants, and they will take care of you. To schedule your first appointment with Dr. McCawley, contact our office at 866-898-8251 . Current patients can call us at 954-522-3228. To keep your teeth and any dental replacements in tip-top shape, you should be scheduling appointments with us once every six months.