Dental implants are the only dental restoration that replaces the roots of teeth, creating completely synthetic teeth. While dental implants are not subject to tooth decay and are more stable than traditional crowns and fillings, they are susceptible to wear and tear and need to be treated with excellent oral care.

When you receive a dental implant at the office of Bruce W. Smith, DDS, our dentists will provide thorough instructions to extend the longevity of the dental restoration. Though implants cannot be affected by decay, the surrounding gum tissue can still become diseased from any untreated bacteria. Between regular check-ups, following this routine will help ensure the life of your implant:

  1. Brush using an electric toothbrush twice daily or as directed by your dental hygienist.
  2. Irrigate using a WaterPik/ShowerPik once daily or as directed by your dental hygienist.
  3. Floss each tooth daily, running the floss against both sides of each tooth in a “C” motion.
  4. Scrape your tongue daily using a tongue scraper.
  5. Finally, rinse twice daily with an antimicrobial mouth wash recommended by your hygienist.

Dental implants are designed to imitate the look, feel, and stability of natural, healthy teeth. We encourage you to treat your implant as you would your other teeth and do not eat anything that is too hard or sticky for your mouth. With proper care, your dental implant should last as long as the surrounding gum and bone structure can accommodate it.

If you are concerned about caring for your dental implant in Houston, Texas, please call 713-529-4364. Dr. Smith, Dr. Carrell, and our team can meet with your at our dental office to discuss your concerns.