If you’ve been waiting for the day of obtaining dental implants, it can be exciting to think about tooth replacement with such a reliable option. Dental implants are a wonderful way for patients to replace a single tooth, and continue to be one of the best investments patients can make in their smile. Now that you have booked your oral surgery appointment to place your dental implants, it’s time to learn about ways to care for the implant to help it last as long as possible. Patients in the area of Phoenix, AZ who take proper care of their implants and overall oral health will enjoy their dental implant for life in many situations! This investment in the smile is one of the best investments patients can make.
How to care for a dental implant
There are several recommendations that are made by Dr. John Pappas in regards to caring for dental implants. Below are just a few tips and tricks to keeping the mouth healthy and ensuring longevity of implant restorations:
- Visit the dentist regularly. Most patients will benefit from visiting their dentist every six months. During these recall appointments, the team of professionals at our practice will provide a thorough cleaning and evaluation of the smile, checking restorations such as dental implants for signs of problems that may need treatment.
- Call the dentist when problems arise. Anytime a patient notices a change in their oral health, it is important that they connect with their dentist for an evaluation even if they are not due for their routine appointment. Early detection of concerns such as cavities and periodontal disease can protect implants over time.
- Floss carefully around the implant area. Implants may require the use of special instruments to clean around them and ensure that plaque, bacteria, and food particles do not build up around them. Our hygiene team can educate you on how to protect your implants from damage, and can show patients how to use these instruments to keep the area clean.
Learn more about dental implants
Dr. John Pappas of Arcadia Dental Arts in Phoenix, AZ welcomes patients in the community to call his cosmetic and family dentistry practice to discuss the advantages of dental implants and other tooth replacement solutions available. The office is located at 4124 North 40th Street and can be reached by phone to book an appointment at (602) 957-9643. We welcome new and current patients into our practice for comprehensive care.