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Traditionally, missing teeth have been replaced with either bridges or dentures. At David Crumpton, DDS, we offer a revolutionary alternative with dental implants. Dental implants are a unique treatment that involves the surgical placement of small titanium posts directly into your jawbone. As you heal after surgery, your bone fuses to the posts in a process known as osseointegration. This fusion stabilizes the posts, turning them into strong support for the ceramic crowns that replace the visible sections of your missing teeth. Dental implants offer several significant benefits over traditional treatments, including ease of care. However, even though they are easy to care for, they still need to be cleaned. Taking good care of your dental implants is crucial for ensuring that they remain strong and stable for a long time to come.
The crowns of your dental implants may not be able to decay, but they can collect plaque and bacteria, two substances that can cause irritation and inflammation of your gum tissue. When the gums become inflamed, they begin to pull away from the surfaces of your teeth, both real and fake. This creates space for bacteria to fall below the gum line, where they can then begin attacking your jawbone, weakening it. The stability of your implants becomes compromised as they loosen. You may even experience complete implant failure. Cleaning your implants properly is essential for both protecting your oral health as well as protecting the strength and stability of your implants.
One of the benefits of dental implants is that they can be cared for just like your natural teeth. They can, and should, be brushed and flossed every day. Brushing should be done at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Brush for two full minutes each time, taking care to get all surfaces of your teeth and the ceramic crowns. This includes the front, back, and chewing surfaces.
You should also floss between your teeth and your crowns at least once a day. Flossing is essential for dislodging debris, plaque, and bacteria from between the teeth. Floss up and down the sides of each tooth as well as behind your very back teeth. With daily oral care, you keep plaque and bacteria to a minimum.
While daily care helps to keep down plaque and bacteria, there are some areas that are harder to keep clean than others, meaning that gum disease can still develop. This is where we can help. Even if all of your teeth have been replaced with dental implants, it is essential that you have your smile professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year. Cleanings allow us to help you keep your implants free of buildup while exams ensure we can spot issues, such as cracks and chips in both your natural teeth and your implants, as well as the early warning signs of gum disease. By detecting problems early, we can help to protect your oral health and ensure the longevity of your implants.
Cleaning your dental implants is necessary for keeping your new teeth functional for a long time. If you have any questions or concerns about cleaning your dental implants, do not hesitate to call David Crumpton, DDS at 817-678-7395 today.