Properly Caring for Your Dental Implants

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Over the last 20 years, dental implants have become a popular and effective way for Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists to replace lost teeth, anchor a bridge or provide anchors for removable dentures.

Regardless of their role in your mouth, your dental implants represent a valuable investment in your long-term appearance of your smile and its function. And even though they are not subject to decay like natural teeth, dental implants still require routine care.

The abutment that anchors your implant to your jaw bone is made of titanium, which is bio-compatible with bone material. Bacterial plaque can still build up on the implanted teeth or denture anchors. Without regular brushing and flossing, this plaque can harden into tartar. So you still need to brush and floss twice daily.

Dr. Nicholas and her team of highly trained specialists want their patients to understand that in order to protect their investment of their beautifully restored smiles, it’s absolutely necessary to adhere to a schedule of regular maintain — much like one might maintain a car. It’s imperative to observe the maintenance schedule that’s prescribed by the doctor, because those instructions and appointments are specifically designed to care for your needs as a valued patient.

We want to be sure that we emphasize the importance of the teamwork that occurs between you and your dental professionals. And when we refer to “teamwork,” we mean faithfully practicing the oral hygiene procedures prescribed by Dr. Nicholas and her knowledge team of specialists. This teamwork also involves scheduling and keeping all your follow-up appointments.

Tartar at the gum line can cause your gums to recede from the base of the implants. This situation can easily develop into inflammation and gum disease. Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists want you to understand that advanced gum disease can actually cause a loss of bone in the parts of the jaw that anchor the implant, eventually causing the loss of the implant.

Once tartar forms, it’s not recommended that you attempt to remove it yourself from home. The hard buildup of tartar must be removed by dental professionals like Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists. Only your dentist can completely remove tartar from your gum line, so be sure to keep up with your regular dental cleanings.

If you’d like to learn more about the proper care for your dental implants, please contact Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists who are serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and the surrounding areas of the Coachella Valley at the Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry. They can be reached by phone at 760-851-0314 or at their office in Palm Desert, California.