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Dental Implant Aftercare – Tukwila, WA

Maintain Your New Smile For Life

One of the most popular benefits of dental implants is their potential to last for decades. In fact, they can easily keep your new smile fully functional and beautiful for a lifetime! That is, of course, as long as you take care of them properly. While dental implants boast an incredible success rate of over 98%, their lifespan will rely heavily on how well you care for them. Thankfully, there are a few easy precautions to take and habits to practice that can protect your dental implant for decades to come. Read on or schedule an appointment to learn more about how to maintain your new smile for life.

Smiling woman with dental implants in Tukwila

Make Oral Hygiene a Priority

Man brushing his dental implants in Tukwila

Whether you have one dental implant, a few, or an entire arch, it’s essential that you practice great oral hygiene. While you won’t have to worry about your new tooth developing a cavity, a buildup of plaque and bacteria can cause infections in the gums that eventually damage the supportive tissues that help hold it in place. Thankfully, you can easily keep your smile healthy and your dental implant firmly in place by:

  • Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day.
  • Flossing between all your teeth on a daily basis.
  • Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash regularly.

Protect Your Dental Implants

Mouthguards used to protect dental implants in Tukwila

Dental implants are crafted from durable materials like dental ceramic and titanium, but they’re not invincible. A blow to the face could dislodge it, and prolonged exposure to excess pressure could cause it to come loose. Make sure you protect your newly rebuilt smile by:

  • Always wearing a custom sports mouthguard when engaging in contact sports like football, hockey, or basketball.
  • Refraining from chewing on hard objects when you’re bored or nervous, including items like pen caps, ice, and your fingernails.
  • If you have bruxism or grind your teeth in your sleep, talking to your dentist about getting a personalized nightguard.

Schedule Regular Checkups

Man smiles while visiting his Tukwila implant dentist

No matter how many natural teeth you have left, you should still visit your Tukwila implant dentist twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings. This gives us a chance to clean and inspect your teeth and dental implant. If we spot any warning signs of issues like damage or infection, we can treat them right away before they become larger, more complicated problems in the future. In fact, the main goal of biannual dental checkups is to prevent any issues from developing in the first place!

Dr. Timmerman is proud to offer his patients a permanent, reliable, and beautiful solution to missing teeth with dental implants. As a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he’s completed countless hours of advanced training on dental implants, so you can feel confident that your smile is in good hands. If you’d like to learn more about caring for your dental implant, don’t hesitate to give him a call today!