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Our team at Clagett Cosmetic and Family Dentistry can help patients regain their smiles after tooth loss by placing dental implants to fill a large or small tooth gap. If you have questions about dental implants, we are happy to offer further insight on these dental restorations. Caring for a dental implant is similar to caring for a natural tooth so that it continues to have a quality and beautiful appearance.

It’s not uncommon to experience some gum swelling following the placement of a dental implant placed, and this can be treated by applying an ice pack to the outer cheek to soothe discomfort. Typically, swelling should not last longer than a few days.

In order to keep your dental implant in good shape, you need to care for your oral health in general with daily brushing and flossing that properly cleans the dental implant, as well as your natural teeth. Our dentist can help you choose a special toothbrush for your smile if you are concerned about fully cleaning the metal posts and tight tooth spaces.

Your dental implant also thrives on the routine dental cleanings and exams provided by the dentist every six months. This professional dental care is vital to the health and function of your dental restoration. You should also speak with our team about any harmful dental habits you may have that can affect your implant, including chewing on hard objects, drinking staining beverages, smoking and tooth grinding.

You are welcome to contact our office at 270-769-3306 today to schedule your visit with Dr. Dan Clagett and determine if you should receive dental implants in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.