Older female with short white hair and dark glasses smilingIf you live in Norman and you’re suffering from loose, damaged, missing, or diseased teeth, chances are you’ve heard about dental implants. This state-of-the-art solution to replace missing teeth has become more and more popular as the year’s pass. Dental implants boast many benefits that other types of tooth-replacement systems don’t. Number one on that list is their permanency. Because they are surgically placed directly into the jawbone by Oklahoma Dental Implants & Oral Surgery’s Dr. Seth R. Brooks, they are meant to stay there and last a lifetime.

However, dental implants will only last a lifetime if they are properly cared for. Unfortunately, Dr. Seth R. Brooks sees many Norman patients who are truly shocked to hear that they’ll still need to care for their new teeth. Because he wants you to enjoy your dental implants for the rest of your life, we’re going to take time now to further explain how you can keep your teeth strong and healthy, and how often you’ll need to have a check-up on your dental implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

As we mentioned, dental implants offer Norman patients with many amazing benefits. Not only do they function like natural teeth, and look like natural teeth, but they:

  • Won’t need to be replaced
  • Are cost-effective
  • Protect your facial profile
  • Are secure and don’t slip and slide around the mouth
  • Help keep your existing teeth healthy and in place
  • Don’t interfere with eating and drinking
  • Give patients the ability to speak normally
  • Are easy to maintain 

Dental Implants Check-Ups

Norman patients will need to visit Dr. Seth R. Brooks for their required follow-up appointments immediately after having dental implants placed. In order to protect your dental implants and the incision sites during your recovery, you should:

  • Rest
  • Avoid touching your new dental implants and incision sites
  • Maintain a soft foods diet for the first week or two
  • Use over-the-counter pain relievers to ease discomfort
  • Appropriately address bleeding or swelling
  • Check-in with Dr. Seth R. Brooks if you have any questions or concerns

After you have been released to the care of your general dentist, it’s important that you keep your regular, bi-annual cleanings with him or her. In some cases, your dentist may request you visit for a check-up more frequently to ensure your gums and bone are healthy. Dr. Seth R. Brooks recommends following the individualized advice of your dentist so you can enjoy your new teeth for years to come.

Beyond your regular check-ups, be sure to make an appointment with your general dentist or Dr. Seth R. Brooks if your dental implants begin to cause you discomfort.

Dental Implants Can Truly Change Your Life

While they aren’t “carefree,” you have to admit dental implants are truly easy to care for. And now that you know how often you should get a check-up on your dental implants, we hope you’re ready to make an initial appointment to visit Dr. Seth R. Brooks in Norman so he can tell you how dental implants can benefit your life.

Just call his office today at (405) 329-3500, and a member of his team will be happy to assist you.