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Did you know that it’s important for you to replace a missing tooth as quickly as possible? If you don’t, you could struggle to clean your teeth as well as you should. This can lead to gum disease or tooth decay. While there are many solutions for replacing missing teeth, please don’t forget to consider dental implants. Still, if you’d like to enjoy your implants for as long as possible, there are a few things you should do.

For example, did you know that you should expect some discomfort after your implant is placed? You should expect swelling or bruising. You should avoid touching this sore area until it is healed. Otherwise, you may introduce new germs, which can lead to an infection. You should also follow the instructions you’ll receive at your appointment.

If you have an implant placed, there are a few other things you may need to do. Of course, you’ll need to brush and floss your implant like you would your natural teeth. You should also avoid smoking, though it’s even more important that you avoid smoking while you’re healing. If you smoke while your mouth is healing, the healing process will slow and your mouth could reject the implant.

To learn more about a dental implant in Colonial Heights, Virginia, or would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Tom G. Schleicher, please feel free to contact Thomas G. Schleicher, DDS PLC at 804-526-0231. We’ll gladly inspect your teeth and give you personalized advice. We’re excited to hear from you.