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Dental Implant Aftercare – Marietta, GA

Keeping Your Smile in Optimal Shape for a Lifetime

An older woman looking at her smile in the mirror after receiving her dental implants in Marietta

Knowing how to care for dental implants is important, especially if you want your investment to carry with you as long as possible. Having these superior, custom-made tooth replacements put into place is a costly venture, but it also one that can provide a multitude of benefits that can expand a lifetime. Dr. James Merriman and his team are ready to help you start your journey to a healthier, more beautiful smile by replacing your missing teeth, so if you’re ready to learn more about what you need to do to keep your implants looking and feeling their best, read the following information and don’t hesitate to contact us with any additional questions.

Make Oral Hygiene a Priority

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It’s not hard brushing, flossing, and rinsing your dental implants. In fact, you don’t even need additional products or appliances. Instead, you’ll simply need a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash to keep your smile clean. But just in case you’re unsure of how best to clean your implants, here are a few helpful tips to remember:

  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, make sure to clean the front and back of your teeth (both real and artificial) for two minutes, twice daily. Don’t forget to clean around the gum line, too!
  • You’ll need to use a low or non-abrasive toothpaste to keep from scratching your implant’s restoration.
  • Make sure to floss between your teeth at least once a day as well as around the metal abutments.
  • Opt for an antimicrobial rinse to use at least once a day to flush out bad bacteria and food particles that brushing and flossing missed.

Protect Your Dental Implants

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No one wants their custom restorations to become damaged, so to protect them from injury or harm, try the following:

  • When engaging in sports or outdoor activities, wear a mouthguard.
  • Avoid eating hard, crunchy foods, as these can damage both your real and artificial teeth.
  • If you struggle with bruxism, ask your dentist about a nightguard you can wear to keep your teeth from touching while you sleep.

Schedule Regular Recall Visits

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It’s important that you continue to see Dr. Merriman and our team for regular dental checkups and cleanings. During these visits, he will examine your oral cavity and check your restorations for any signs of damage or problem areas occurring in your mouth that could potentially cause problems for your dental implants.

These visits also allow you to address any concerns you might be having as well as ask questions about the state of your implants and tips on how you can improve your oral hygiene routine at home.

It’s normal to be concerned about various problems developing while wearing dental implants, but if you notice any of the following, make sure to contact us as soon as possible:

  • Bleeding occurring around your implants
  • An implant feels or becomes loose
  • You begin to feel swelling or tenderness around the implant
  • Your soft tissue becomes discolored and sore