A dental implant permanently replaces your missing tooth. The titanium post implanted on your jawbone can take months to properly heal, to provide a maximum bond. Building the custom crown is itself a time investment, not to mention the monetary cost. So you must take proper care of your new dental implants so they may last you a lifetime. Contact Dr. Jessica Owens and Dr. Zachary Hairston from Art of Dentistry in Danville, VA for advice on keeping your new teeth healthy.
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After the surgery, it's normal to experience swelling, and bruising to the gums or face. Some minor bleeding and pain. But if these symptoms persist after several days after the surgery contact your Danville dentist as quickly as possible to avoid complications.
Once you have your crown in place, it's important to gently clean in and around it with a soft-bristled brush and floss. Visiting your dentist regularly for deep cleanings is also recommended.
You don't want to risk problems like gum disease that may weaken the bone supporting implant.
Avoid hard foods, like hard candy and ice, because they can crack your new crowns, just as they can your natural teeth.
Smoking, and any tobacco products, can hinder healing post-surgery, weaken your gums, and make you prone to infections. As well as staining your new implant and crown. Consult with your dentist for advice on quitting.
Seek immediate care for teeth grinding, as the excessive pressure can damage your implants.
Choosing implants over dentures or bridgework means you're opting for a more permanent solution to replacing your teeth. It also means a little more investment on your part, in maintaining good oral habits. Your smile will be your return. Don't forget to schedule your regular checkups, call Dr. Jessica Owens and Dr. Zachary Hairston of Art of Dentistry in Danville, VA, a call at (434) 792-0700.