The warmer air and budding flowers often energize us to clean out our closets, organize the garage and detail our cars. But have you considered a “spring cleaning” with your dentist? The benefits of a routine dental cleaning and exam can be the most valuable cleaning you’ll do this spring. In fact, these preventative visits can protect both your smile and body from disruptive and rather costly problems.
If you have dental implants and think you are exempt from routine dental cleanings, you are sadly mistaken. Routine dental care with dental implants can be even more important than before. These are visits that allow your dentist to see what is going on beneath the surface. Through digital x-rays, we can ensure your implant is still positioned correctly and supported by healthy bone and tissues. Most of all, we can protect the notable investment you made to replace your missing teeth with implants.
Like any health-related issue, the earlier it is detected, the easier and more conservatively it can be treated. Your dental health is no exception. For example, a routine dental visit can reveal initial signs of gum disease (or gingivitis), which can be easily reversed with a deep cleaning or more diligent oral hygiene habits. However, if you are prone to skip these appointments, you may find yourself suffering from advanced gum disease and even implant failure. Keep in mind that not all dental issues produce symptoms, and only proper imaging can fully evaluate your oral health.
Repairing an implant doesn’t have to involve replacing the implant itself. In most cases, patients need repairs to the implant restoration, or the crown, bridge or denture that attaches to the implant. During a regular dental checkup, we can assess the condition of your natural teeth as well as your prosthetic teeth to ensure you don’t need a new crown or minor adjustments to your implant bridge. This can save you from a more disruptive and uncomfortable situation down the road.
Improved Overall Health
The link between the mouth and body is strong. Experts agree that certain oral health conditions can greatly increase your chances of experiencing serious health problems. Gum disease, for example, is associated with heart attack, stroke, diabetes and premature birth. Therefore, these twice-a-year visits to your dentist are not only boosting your smile health, they are also protecting your overall health.
Need more reasons to maintain your preventative dental care while wearing implants? Schedule your “spring teeth cleaning” with Dr. Wayne Suway today. We understand the importance of caring for dental implants in order to provide lasting smile confidence and an improved quality of life.