Dental implants can last for more than 25 years without needing to be repaired or replaced, which makes them the most permanent solution available to anyone searching for tooth replacement. However, it is important to know how to properly care for your dental implants to ensure that you get the most you possibly can out of them and avoid oral health concerns from developing.
By understanding how to effectively care for their dental implants, patients can maintain good oral health and ensure that the implants last for decades without experiencing any real concerns. Below are four important care techniques to practice with dental implants.
First and foremost, it is important to brush the implants often. While they are not exactly the same as natural teeth, dental implants are still susceptible to bacterial attacks, which can damage the gums, cause gum disease and recession and even affect the supporting bone underneath.
When this occurs, the implant can become loose and result in the need for expensive treatment to solve the issue. Perhaps even more importantly, a failure to brush often can increase the risk of developing an oral infection, especially in the first few months after the dental implant placement.
While brushing works to kill and remove most of the bacteria and food particles that can accumulate inside the mouth, there are certain areas that simply cannot be reached by brushing, such as in between teeth and along the lining of the gums.
Floss and mouthwash work to reach these hard to reach areas and kill any remaining bacteria that exists. As a result, the chance of developing periodontal disease is significantly lowered and the health of the dental implants can be maintained for decades.
Although the chance of developing any complications with dental implants when good oral hygiene is practiced is low, it is still important to check for any issues on a daily basis. In the event that an oral health concern that may threaten the health of an implant is spotted early, it can most often be treated successfully.
The strength of the dental implants is largely dependent upon the health of the gums and supporting bone underneath. Therefore, be sure to check the gums for any signs of periodontal disease and seek additional care in the event that gums bleed while brushing, become overly sensitive or gum recession occurs.
Caring for your dental implants starts at home with a good daily oral care routine, but it is also important to visit the dentist on a regular basis. A regular checkup on dental implants often involves an oral examination to ensure that the implants are still strong and healthy, and a cleaning to keep your smile looking great.
If you are interested in dental implants and want to find out if they are a good option for you, contact us and schedule a time to come in for a free consultation.
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