Do you miss eating your favorite foods? Are you reluctant to smile because of a missing tooth? Dr. Majors can restore your smile with dental implants and return it to healthy function.
Dental implants are natural-looking replacement teeth that are surgically attached to your smile for a strong and stable fit. With dental implants, there are no restrictions on your diet, so you can live and eat with confidence.
In addition to making you look and feel better, dental implants will also enhance your health by promoting natural jawbone growth.
Our patients really appreciate how easy it is to care for their dental implants. You basically follow the same routine that you do with your natural teeth, brushing and flossing them daily. But there is one key difference — with dental implants, it’s important to use gentle hygiene products.
Harsh or abrasive cleaning products can scratch your implants or damage the sensitive tissue that supports them. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you choose the best products to keep your smile shining bright and healthy.
The most important factor when choosing a toothbrush is to find one with soft or extra-soft bristles that won’t scratch your implants. Either a manual or an electric toothbrush can be effective as long as you brush for at least two minutes each time and thoroughly go over all the available surfaces of your teeth.
It’s very important to avoid any toothpaste containing abrasive materials that could harm your dental implants or irritate the soft tissue that supports them. For example, whitening toothpaste
and toothpaste that’s designed for smokers have harsh ingredients, so they should be avoided. You’ll also want to stay away from any toothpaste that contains the following ingredients: stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride, or baking soda.
Antibacterial mouthwash is an important part of an effective daily oral health routine. It helps reduce the plaque and tartar that lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Mouthwash that’s designed to whiten your teeth is not recommended for use with dental implants because it’s too abrasive. Mouthwash containing alcohol should also be avoided because it can cause dry mouth, a condition which disrupts your smile’s natural ability to protect itself.
Interdental cleaners such as dental floss protect your smile by removing plaque and other debris from in between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Nylon-coated floss is recommended for use with dental implants because it slides easily between your teeth and it’s gentle on your gums.
Many of our patients find interdental brushes to be a convenient and effective way to clean around their dental implants. You’ll want to select a plastic or plastic-coated interdental brush because metal brushes can damage your implants.
Dental implant complications are extremely rare, but don’t hesitate to call our office right away if you’re experiencing any discomfort. Don’t attempt to fix the problem yourself, as this can result in permanent damage and set your treatment back. Dr. Majors will ensure you get the care you need as soon as possible at our Bryan, TX office.
For the first week or two after your surgery, you’ll need to limit your diet to soft foods and liquids. This is the phase of your treatment when the implant area is most sensitive and susceptible to infection, so it’s crucial to follow any recommendations from Dr. Majors if you want your new dental implants to succeed.
As the surgical area heals, you can gradually resume your normal diet. Once your dental implants have integrated with your jawbone, they’ll provide unmatched strength and stability that will allow you to enjoy all your favorite foods without concern.