Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Scott O. Kissel

How Often Do I Need a Check Up On My Dental Implants?

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Manhattan Dental ImplantsDental implants are the most popular tooth replacement option in Manhattan, and it’s no wonder why. These realistic-looking prosthetic teeth are anchored by titanium implants that permanently attach to your jawbone, and are covered with tooth-looking crowns. Dental implants allow Manhattan dental patients to regain their smile, and eat all of their favorite foods, without running the risk of the implants slipping or falling out.

When Manhattan periodontist Dr. Kissel is consulting with New York dental patients about dental implants, he typically answers a variety of questions. And one of the most popular questions he receives about post-op procedures is how to care for the prosthetics. Continue reading as Dr. Kissel explains how to care for your implants, including how often you will need to have dental check-ups after you have had dental implants.

Make Sure to Keep Your Regular 6-Month Cleanings and Dental Check-Ups.

Most Manhattan residents know that regular dental check-ups and cleanings are recommended every six months. The same is true for dental implant patients. Whether you have 1 dental implant or a mouth full of these prosthetics, it is important that you have them regularly cleaned and professionally inspected. Maintaining bi-annual checkups is a great way to not only keep your dental implants clean from bacteria that can lead to an infection, but also to make sure that your dental implants, which are built to last a lifetime if you care for them properly, do indeed remain in your mouth permanently.

Caring for Your Dental Implants in Between Dental Appointments.

While it’s important to maintain bi-annual dental checkups for your dental implants, it’s equally important that you care for them properly every day. This includes brushing your teeth and dental implants twice daily and flossing them to remove plaque and harmful bacteria once a day. To floss effectively, insert the floss in between your dental implants or teeth and use a “C” motion to clean in between them.

Why Is It Important to Follow These Instructions?

Whether you’re a Manhattan resident who has replaced all or 1 of your teeth with dental implants, it’s important to maintain proper oral health. Even with a mouth full of dental implants, bacteria can still grow in your mouth, causing bad breath and potentially causing peri-implantitis, a dangerous infection that could occur around your dental implants and cause implant failure.

How Can I Learn More About Dental Implants?

Patients in Manhattan often want to be thoroughly informed about dental implants before they undergo potential tooth removal and oral surgery to insert the titanium implants, which makes sense. Getting dental implants is major oral surgery. At Dr. Kissel’s practice in Manhattan, he prides himself in providing periodontal patients with happy, healthy smiles while educating them on their potential procedures so that patients can make the best oral health decisions for themselves.

If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth and are considering getting dental implants to repair your smile, call Dr. Kissel’s Manhattan office to schedule a dental implant consultation, during which he will perform a full oral examination and answer all your questions about the procedure.

You can schedule your consultation today by calling (212) 702-9088.

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