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Kevin H. Speer, D.D.S.
2250 SE Oak Grove Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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Maintaining My Dental Implant

Dental Implant

For patients that have been considering getting dental implants, there’s often a concern about what’s going to be involved in caring for them. Implants can be an important part of restoring normal dental function to patients who have missing teeth, and can also serve to preserve the remaining teeth against further damage. Implants, like any restoration, can wear down over time if they aren’t properly cared for, so this guide is going to provide the techniques that are used to keep the different forms of implants in good shape.

Make Regular Visits To Your Dentist

Taking care of your implants properly will require regular visits to your dentist’s office so they can perform a dental cleaning on them and making sure that everything is healthy and in place. Without their attention, you may develop infections in the area around your implant, and potentially even peri-implantitis which can result in the loss of the implant.

The Responsibility Is Yours

Patients have an important role to play in the success of their implants and their ongoing dental health. From the moment you get your implant, you must be driven to take care of it and performing regular oral health. At home, you should maintain a regular regimen of dental care, including:

With Single Implants

  • Low-abrasive toothpaste
  • Pay special attention to the areas around and under your implant crowns
  • Interdental brushes made of nylon can make it easier to get to tricky places
  • Regularly Use Oral Irrigator
  • Brush at least twice a day

For Overdentures

  • Soak your dentures in a recommended cleaner every day
  • Check on the clips, o-rings, locator caps, etc and tell your dentist if one goes missing
  • Pay special attention to the underside of your dentures when brushing themselves
  • Wash the overdenture regularly before you use it
  • Visit your dentist at least once yearly to have the caps and o-rings replaced

These basic treatments will make sure that your implants will last you for a lifetime, allowing you to eat your favorite foods, smile with confidence, and otherwise enjoy life to the fullest. Dental implants are an incredible innovation that has restored so much to so many people, but they must be taken care of properly or they’ll become another source of disappointment.

If you’re thinking about getting implants then you want to be sure that you spend time speaking to your dentist about which style are going to be the best fit for you. You also want to be certain that you follow their advice when they tell you what steps to take to preserve them. If you don’t have a dentist or are looking for a new one make a call to Dr. Kevin H Speer at Oak Grove Dental in Milwaukee, OR today. They’ve been restoring beautiful smiles to their patients with restorative care treatments like implants, and will be happy to set you on the road back to a smile you can be proud of.

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