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Reducing the Cost of Dental Implants by Taking Care of Your Teeth

Posted on 8/25/2015 by Sergio Ortegon
A diagram of how a dental implant works.Dental implants are permanent solutions to missing teeth and can provide the wearer with a full smile and a near-flawlessly natural looking replacement. They are implanted with a false root and require a surgical operation to attain. As a result, they can be quite pricey, especially if more than one is required. However, with proper dental hygiene, the cost can be worth it, and future costs for maintenance will be much lower as well. Without proper knowledge, these replacements can be damaged or even be lost completely, so care is very important.

General proper oral hygiene is required to maintain these implants. While they cannot get cavities, they are relatively similar to normal teeth and behave in almost the same way. Daily brushing and flossing will help reduce unnecessary plaque buildup. It is important to care for the gums surrounding the implant and to avoid inflammation. This buildup can lead to problems such as gum disease and other issues that can be very costly. Bone loss is another issue associated with this that can lead to implant loss or failure altogether. Additionally, it is important to protect the teeth surrounding the implant.

Choose toothpaste wisely. Certain abrasive types can wear down the surface of the false teeth. Also, antibacterial toothpaste can help clean teeth and gums more thoroughly. Because they require special care, an Interdental brush is a good idea to clean the spaces between teeth. Use a soft toothbrush to clean the area to avoid wearing down the teeth and their replacements.

It is important to pay attention to the replacements, as you should regular teeth. They are expensive investments that take much time and should be treated carefully, although this does not take much more time than caring for natural teeth. Care for your replacement and overall oral hygiene and your implant can last a lifetime and continue to look beautiful and natural.

Please contact us if you have any questions about dental implants.
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