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Long Term Care & Maintenance For Dental Implants

Long Term Care & Maintenance For Dental Implants

Dental implants are a valuable solution for people who are suffering from teeth loss, and who are looking for a replacement arch of teeth. Implants can dramatically improve your life, and allow you to live how you would do with your natural teeth; able to talk, eat the foods you enjoy, and smile with confidence.

The solution is also highly successful and reliable. Dental implants show a long term success rate of 98-99% if they are correctly fitted.

You will be happy to know that there is not too much homecare and maintenance needed after your dental implants have been set. Once the implants are fitted, you will then return to the surgery around 6 months later to have your permanent fixed replacement teeth attached.

The whole idea of dental implant treatment, is that the look, feel, and structure of your replacement teeth resembles your natural teeth as far as possible. They function that same, and incidentally require a very similar level of homecare. Even though the care and maintenance is relatively straightforward, it is still imperative that you take good care of your dental implants.

The success of a dental implant treatments depends largely on the skill and planning of your dentist or prosthodontist, but also on how well you maintain your replacement teeth in the long term. What is most crucial is that oink, firm, keratinized tissue forms in the permucosal seal. The success of the implant depends on the health of this seal, and the absence of keratinized tissue can leave you susceptible to infections and per-implant disease.

All of this might sound complicated, but all it really means for you is that you have to take really good care of your implants in order that the permucosal seal be healthy. Here is how:

Homecare For Dental Implants

Your specialist will recommend a specific homecare program for your individual case, but in general the treatment of your dental implants doesn’t differ too much from the recommended routine wit natural teeth. You should brush twice a day, floss regularly, and try to remove food residue. It is also highly beneficial if you refrain from unhealthy oral behaviors such as drinking alcohol and smoking.

Homecare For Dental Implants

Brushing:

Elimination of 85% or more of the plaque and biofilm on the permucosal seal is critical for the overall health of the implant. A soft brush is recommended over a hard one, which could cause damage to the titanium of the implant. It does not matter whether you use a standard or electric toothbrush, but it does matter that you brush twice a day. Another great type of brush to use is a nylon only interdental brush, which has no metal wires, and can help you to brush in hard to reach places around the implant.

Toothpaste:

You can use the same type of toothpaste as you would do with natural teeth, but it is recommended that the produces be low fluoride, and definitely low abrasive, as you do not want to irritate the perucosal seal or scratch the titanium of the implant.

Flossing Dental Implants:

Flossing dental implants is slightly different to flossing natural teeth. The aim is to remove interdental debris; food that is stuck between your teeth. Insert the floss into contact with both sides of the implant and then use a shoeshine motion to clean out the debris. It is advisable only to use unwaxed tape or floss that is specifically made for implants in order to protect the bone tissue.

Regular Appointments

The only other long term care and maintenance that is required for your dental implants is regular appointments with your dentist and oral specialist. The homecare is simple enough, and with effort from you the dental implants will have a high chance of success, and will feel completely comfortable and natural.

Dr Eli Friedman with patient

A checkup with your specialist every 6 months will allow them to review your dental implants, and see how well they are holding up. This will give them an opportunity to do any small maintenance work that is required. Regular maintenance will ensure that any minor issues or misalignments don’t become bigger problems.

What To Do If You Think Something Is Wrong:

If you think something is wrong with your dental implants then you should definitely call in and see your dentist or specialist right away. Inflammation can damage the connection between the bone and the implant, and implants can be susceptible to infections.

Given that dental implants are one of the most comfortable and reliable solutions available, if you think there is something wrong then there very well could be. Identifying and preventing problems early is another key to the longevity of the dental implants.

At Friedman Dental Group we specialize in supremely fitted high quality dental implants for every situation of tooth loss. We will guide you through the treatment and the homecare, and provide excellent long term maintenance that will leave you with a full set of healthy and radiant teeth. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation.

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