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How to Care For Dental Implants

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Okay, so you’ve taken the plunge and decided to go for dental implants. Great choice!

They are probably the most robust and natural looking solution that exist to replace missing teeth. But once you’ve put them in, how exactly do you take care of them?

Here are some important things that you need to keep in mind to ensure that dental implants are long lasting and maintained:

1)  The daily care of dental implants is very similar to the care of natural teeth

Ensure that the implants are brushed just like other teeth. Restored dental implants should be kept clean and plaque free twice a day using a brush and floss. Cleaning is especially important after meals. This is accomplished by gently brushing, giving special attention to all sides of the implant.

2) Remember that the old rules still apply – not brushing is harmful to your health

While it is true that implants are not susceptible to enamel loss; not taking care of the implants can cause gum disease. This can causes bacteria and other infectious agents to spread along gums, including areas where the implant is located. This condition is very difficult and it can be harmful to your teeth.

3) Be Gentle!

Don’t be hard on an implant. While the implants are very durable and robust, they can be susceptible to breaking just like your real tooth. If you put too much pressure on an implant, it could become loose and fall out, or even cause an infection. Gently does it!

4) Protect and take precautions with what you’ve got

Take plenty of precaution around the teeth that surround the implant. Now that you’ve invested in implants, it is important you look after the existing teeth also!

5) Avoid smoking

If you have dental implants, then it is often advised that you should quit, or at least, reduce and limit smoking. It is well known that smoking damages teeth and dental implants are not an exception to this. Smoking also weakens the gums, which could cause the implants to fail and become loose. Dental implants often signal a fresh start in our patients lives – perhaps this is another area to make a fresh start in?!

6) Use the correct oral hygiene aids, recommended by your dentist

These may include:

  1. Small, soft, manual toothbrush or an electric brush
  2. Low-abrasive, tartar-control toothpaste
  3. Dental floss for cleaning around the abutments
  4. Antimicrobial mouth rinses
  5. Inter-dental brushes or other aids for removing plaque between the teeth on either side of the implant(s)
  6. Disclosing tablets to stain the locations of plaque accumulation

7) Visit your dentist reguarly!

It is important that you check on the implant regularly.  You must be committed not only to daily performance of dental hygiene at home, but to regular visits to your dentist. Continue to see your dentist every 3-6 months for a check up and cleaning. The implants should be examined with an x-ray annually.

It is clear to see that if you’ve taken the amazing step of investing in yourself and gotten dental implants, it is worth protecting and taking care of that investment, through the regular maintenance of your implants. Your clinic will be able to advise further and provide you with a tailored plan to ensure your implants last the test of time!

posted on:- 17-12-2017
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