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Caring for your Dental Implants

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Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA

If you have ended up on our blog today, congratulations! You either already have a dental implant or are considering getting one and want to know more about how to properly care for your restoration. You’ve come to the right place! Our expert dental implant dentist in Erie has some tips to help you care for your dental implants. As with any restoration, it is important for your oral health that you adhere to good oral hygiene habits, as well as visit your dentist in Erie for regular checkups and cleanings.

Now, on to the tips that you are here to learn more about

Dental implants look, feel, and function much like natural teeth, so caring for them is quite the same.

Oral Hygiene

It is important that you brush and floss your teeth, including your dental implants, daily. Brush in the morning after breakfast, and at night before bed or after your last meal of the day. Flossing should occur once a day, and be sure to sweep the floss between your implant crown, and your adjacent teeth, paying close attention to run the floss under your implant crown to remove any food debris or bacteria lingering in that area. Not flossing around your implant could result in a failed implant procedure.

Visit the Dentist

Whether you have dental implants or not, you should visit your dentist in Erie twice a year for checkups and cleanings. During your cleaning appointment, our hygienist can clean all of your teeth, removing any plaque buildup that may lead to gum infections or cavities. Although your dental implant is resistant to cavities, bacteria or plaque that may build up along the gum line could result in a gum infection, affecting the success of your implant.

Part of your check-up appointment will entail us taking X-rays, usually only once a year, so that the doctor can see below the gum line, and assess your jawbone. This is especially important for your dental implant so that he can ensure all continues to go well with your dental implant post.

Eat a Balanced Diet

It is also important that you eat a balanced diet. Aim to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as lean proteins, and dairy. A healthy diet means that you are consuming enough calcium and other vitamins that are essential for maintaining strong teeth and bones. Avoid eating ice or chewing on hard candies as these substances could not only damage your existing dental enamel but chip the porcelain off of your dental implant crown. While the porcelain crown is quite durable, it could become chipped if you are careless by chewing hard candies. Instead, allow ice or candy to melt in your mouth.

Dental Implants in Erie

If you would like more information about our tooth replacement options, or to see whether dental implants may be right for you,please contact Laser Dentistry of Erie at (814) 825-2615 to schedule a consultation.

Laser Dentistry of Erie welcomes patients of Erie, PA, and the surrounding communities.

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