a year ago I got 10 dental implants w/full fixed bridges (top/bottom) do I need to see a dentist regularly and if so, how do I find one that is willing to work w/me if they didn't do the original work?
Dental Checkups After Implants/fixed Bridges. How Should I Go About This?
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Increased professional care
In my opinion, I think you need professional cleanings every 3 to 4 months. This kind of dentistry is not bionic. It is advanced. It is also a lot and needs regular professional maintenance. Cleanings every 6 months may allow for problems to occur and be a major issue down the road. Any good dentist will be ok seeing you, even if they did not do your reconstruction.
Dental Checkups After Dental Implant Placement
As previously mentioned dental implants need to maintained just like natural teeth. They wont decay, but they can be lost to infection around them. Peri-implantitis is similar to periodontal disease in which you get bone loss around the implants just like natural teeth. This can be prevented by visiting your dentist at least 2 times a year for routine cleanings and radiographs
Dental check-ups after Implants
You should definitely continue a regular schedule of check-ups for the health of your implants as well as your remaining teeth. Do not worry about finding a new dentist. Any good dentist will be willing to take you on as a new patient regardless of who did your prior work. You might want to check with Stoneridge Dental Care, in Columbus, OH (Gahanna). Tell Janet that I referred you!
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Implant maintenance - how often should I go
Implants need to be maintained just like teeth do. Implants do not decay but can be lost due to infection. You should see the dentist regularly for cleanings twice a year to properly maintain the work you had done.
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