Maintaining oral health after dental implant treatment near Marietta
Oral hygiene is the base from which we all build our level of oral health. This is just as true after teeth have been restored with dental implants as when we have all of our natural teeth. In recent years, dental implant treatment has become increasingly popular, as our patients from Marietta and surrounding areas discover the immense benefit of this restorative care. It is important to maintain oral health after treatment.
Dental implants are tiny posts that your dentist inserts into the jawbone for the replacement of missing roots. These posts are made from corrosion-resistant titanium. Implant posts can hold a single crown restoration, a dental bridge, or stabilize full dentures. These restorations, like implant posts, are also fabricated from materials that will resist corrosion from bacterial acid or various types of foods. The resilience of the materials used in this restorative process, however, does not mean that oral health can be neglected. We encourage our patients to take excellent care of their teeth and gums so that gum disease does not affect the longevity of the implants.
If all teeth are being replaced, the goal of oral hygiene is to remove harmful bacteria from the mouth and dentures so that gums can remain healthy. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as continued professional care as recommended by your dentist, is vitally important to bacteria removal. Brushing is a two-minute activity that should be performed carefully, with each tooth receiving gentle attention. Non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush should be used on restorations so that tiny abrasions do not develop, giving bacteria a place to hide.
With dental implants or without, brushing is most effective when gentle pressure is used. Dentists consistently see patients who, in their commitment to oral care, brush too aggressively. The result of brushing with too much pressure is what we call "toothbrush abrasions." These abrasions may occur on restorations, as well as on delicate gum tissue. Overly aggressive brushing, intended to clean the teeth and gums, can actually lead to gum recession and a greater risk for gum disease. To keep your restored smile as healthy as possible, twice-a-day gentle brushing followed by flossing is ideal.
Studies have shown that, when properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. Ensure the life of your restorations with gentle home and professional care. Contact Thirty-two Dental for your visit today.
About Dr. Sean Breckley
A graduate from the Temple University School of Dentistry and Susquehanna University, Dr. Sean Breckley is an established professional in the field of dentistry. He is a firm believer of contributing to the community and ensuring his patients receive the best possible dental care. Whilst maintaining his professionalism, Dr. Breckley takes time to get to know his patients and make sure they are comfortable and at ease to avoid any unnecessary dental anxiety and stress. He is presently a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Northwest District Dental Society, and a graduate of the Mercer Mastery Program.
About Dr. Lan Vo
A graduate from the University of California-Irvine and Temple University School of Dentistry, Dr. Lan Vo is a highly skilled and resourceful dentist in the field of professional dentistry. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Northwest District Dental Society, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and a graduate of the Mercer Mastery Program whilst maintaining a certification with the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Dr. Vo is very people-oriented and is a favorite amongst children and commands a great deal of trust amongst anyone who has had the fortune of being treated by her.