Oral Hygiene with Dental Implants
Dental implants can restore your ability to smile, talk and eat with confidence. Unlike other restorations, dental implants fit directly into the jawbone for the most natural tooth replacement possible. Our Northridge dentist can use dental implants to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth or an entire mouthful of missing teeth.
Once your dental implants have been placed, maintaining them can help you protect them and keep them in great shape. Implants are generally placed during a minor surgical procedure using local anesthetic. We will provide you with specific after-care instructions, which can reduce your risk of infection. Regular checkups are also important during the healing period because they give us the opportunity to assess your dental health and healing.
Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush removes plaque and bacteria that could interfere with the healing process. Flossing or using an interdental cleaner every day removes the debris that accumulates between the teeth and along the gumlines. Keeping your teeth and your new implants clean and free of plaque and debris can promote healing.
A properly balanced diet can provide your gums and connective tissues with the nutrients they need as they heal. If you smoke, our dentist may recommend quitting during the healing process to reduce your risk of complications, including rejection. Proper dental hygiene and aftercare can help you enjoy many years with your new implants.