How often will I need to have my dental implants checked?

Dental implants have many advantages over tooth replacement alternatives like bridges and dentures. They’re more durable and stable, and they look and feel more like natural teeth.

Convenience is another benefit associated with dental implants. After the patient has healed following dental implant placement, dental implants require no more care than natural teeth do.

During the first few months after your implant placement procedure, you will need to check in with your oral surgeon periodically to make sure that the healing process is progressing as expected and that you aren’t having any complications or challenges with your dental implants.

Most patients will not need to follow up with the oral surgeon after the implant has osseointegrated with the jaw. Just keep your regularly scheduled six-month routine dental checkups, and you should be in good shape for maintaining your dental implants. 

Dental implants have many advantages over tooth replacement alternatives like bridges and dentures.

Compare this aspect of dental implants to dentures, which will require extra trips to the dentist for re-lining as the jaw shrinks and the denture loses its fit.

Keep in mind, though, that while dental implants don’t warrant any extra effort on your part, they still require good oral hygiene habits. Professional cleanings and exams at your dentist’s office are valuable in keeping oral diseases, which can have a negative effect on your implants, as well as your natural teeth.

After you get dental implants, make sure that you are brushing – using the proper technique – twice a day for two minutes at a time. Floss daily as well, and if you tend to accumulate oral bacteria quickly, you may want to add an anti-bacterial mouthwash to your regimen for extra protection.

This is especially true for patients with a history of gum disease. That condition may very well have led to your tooth loss in the first place, and it can certainly compromise dental implants, even after they have fused with the bone. Implant patients should do everything possible to prevent a relapse of gum disease.

Dental implants are extremely convenient and require few, if any, adjustments to your regular oral care routine. If you have dental implants or are planning to get them, be sure to let our team of oral surgeons know so that you can develop a plan for taking good care of them. Contact us today for an appointment.