Your dental implants are durable, but they still require constant care. Without regular cleanings, any restorations in your mouth will slowly degrade and necessitate replacement over time. You want to care for your implants just like you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss every day, and visit the office of Dr. Howard Abrahams semi-annually to have peace of mind with your oral health.
Other Ways to Keep Your Implants Healthy
There are many ways you can inadvertently develop periodontal disease in your mouth, which can compromise the integrity of any implants. After your implant is inserted, your dentist will highly recommend you give up tobacco if you currently smoke or chew.
Additionally, individuals with diabetes need to make sure they manage the disease. Diabetes thickens blood vessels, which weakens gum tissue in the mouth and makes it more susceptible to infection. Anyone taking medications of any kind should review the side effects in full in case the medication reduces saliva production. Without saliva, a person is more likely to develop dry mouth, which can lead to infections.
No Cleanings Can Lead to Peri-Implantitis
Without adequate care of your dental implants, patients may develop a condition known as peri-implantitis. This is an inflammatory disease that develops when periodontal pathogens form around an implant. Without prompt treatment, it can lead to damage around the implant and the jaw bone securing the implant in place. The symptoms of peri-implantitis include swollen, red gums and bleeding while brushing. Treatment involves removing the dead tissue, prescribing antibiotics, and having the dentist go over proper oral healthcare techniques with the patient.
Keep Your Implants in Fine Condition
Dr. Abrahams is proficient with placing implants and has even helped patients requiring implant-supported dentures and All-on-4 implants. To see which options are right for you or to schedule an appointment, call the Miami Beach, FL office of Dr. Abrahams today.