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You may have heard that replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant can improve the health of your teeth, but do you how? Implants can improve the appearance of your smile and help you chew comfortably again. Furthermore, implants are popular because of their durability. In fact, an implant can actually last for more than twenty years. However, if you’re interested in keeping your implants this long, there are several things you’ll need to do.

When you have an implant placed, you’ll probably experience pain, bruising, and swelling. Until your pain subsides, you should consider eating cold foods. It’s also important that you avoid touching your implant site. Doing so can lead to infection. Of course, you should also follow other instructions you’ll receive at your appointment.

Still, there are several things you should avoid doing after your implant is placed. For instance, if you smoke after your implant is placed, you’ll increase your risk for gum disease and for oral cancer. If you’ve had an implant placed and your mouth is still healing, your body could reject your implant and your mouth won’t heal as quickly as it should. You should also brush and floss your implant regularly like you would your natural teeth.

To learn more about the care you our team can offer, or about having a dental implant in Couer d'Alene, Idaho, please feel free to give Scholes Family Dental a call at 208-667-1578. Our dentist, Dr. Michael Scholes, and our team look forward to receiving your call.