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Tips to Care for Dental Implants

When the time comes, a dental implant is the best way to replace missing teeth. Looked after properly, it will provide you with long service, restoring your smile to its previous pristine state.

But as any dentist will tell you, implants require the same level of care that you’d normally give your teeth. Your mouth will be sore for a few days after the implant goes in, it’s just healing, this is perfectly natural. Don’t brush the implant during this time, your dentist will give you a mouthwash to help keep your mouth clean.

Here are three steps to take care of your implant:

– Don’t smoke: smoking greatly inhibits the ability of the mouth to heal itself, and could lead to infection, not to mention the increased risk of oral cancer.
– Always floss carefully: it’s vital to remove food from around the implant and under the crown, this may need a bit more attention than usual.
– Brush your teeth twice a day: your mouth still needs the same level of care it always has.

Look after your implant and it will serve you ell, and remember:
You’ll also need to visit the dentist just like you do for your regular smile.
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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.

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