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Congratulations on your new dental implants! Implants are a great way to get a full and healthy smile, and your implants should last for a long time if you are committed to caring for them.

It may be true that your implants will not get cavities, since they are not natural teeth. However, as part of your mouth, they will be affected by your dental health issues, and their success in maintaining your smile depends on how well you take care of your mouth and teeth.

First, if you are a smoker or tobacco user, your new smile marks the perfect time to quit. Getting an implant means having oral surgery, and smokers are at a greater risk for an infection following the procedure. Tobacco use also hinders your body’s ability to heal. Using tobacco will increase the chances that your new implant will fail. It also heightens your risk of gum disease, which can also cause problems for your implants.

Gum disease can occur if you do not practice good oral hygiene. In fact, if you neglect to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day, not only are you putting your natural teeth at risk but you are also setting your implants up for failure as well. If bacteria builds up on your implant, your gums will become inflamed and you will run the risk of bone loss in your jaw.

Along with brushing and flossing, you should see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams.

If you are interested in restoring your missing teeth, have a question about your recent procedure, or if it is time for your regular visit, our dentist, Dr. Geza Locsey at Geza Locsey DDS in Reynoldsburg, Ohio will be happy see you. Make an appointment today by calling 614-866-1234.