Maintenance & After Care Of Dental Implants
When you choose a Dental Implant to replace a missing tooth you often neglect to think about the maintenance and care that follows to ensure long term success.
Dental Implants require constant maintenance and monitoring, which further involves assessment of the patient’s general and oral health, professional implant maintenance, and diligent patient home care as critical factors that will ensure the long-term success of implants and a predictable replacement for natural teeth. Victoria Street Dental advise that a comprehensive maintenance protocol should be followed to ensure the longevity of the Dental Implant.
How to care for Dental Implants?
It is recommended you clean your Dental Implants twice daily to remove bacterial plaque accumulations by using a soft toothbrush and dental floss. People should also have regular check-ups and cleans at the dentist. Routine x-rays are taken to assess the bone support around the Dental Implant and if there are problems detected with the Dental Implant early intervention can be carried out to minimise the issue.
Other lifestyle factors can also affect the long term success of Dental Implants for example smoking and bruxism. Smoking reduces blood supply around the mouth which in term leads to poor quality bone. This can lead to poor integration of the Dental Implant to the bone and hence affect the long term success of the Implant. Therefore it is recommended patients who smoke to quit prior to pursuing a Dental Implant. People who grind can also lead to unnecessary stress to the Implant which can ultimately lead to fracture of the Implant crown or damaging parts of the Dental Implant. A bite splint is sometimes prescribed for the patient as aftercare in patients who grind.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone beneath your gum to replicate the root of the missing tooth. Once the implant has integrated and healed it can then provide a strong foundation for a dental crown to be placed onto the dental implant to mimic the missing tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or even a whole arch of teeth.
The benefit of a Dental Implant
There are many advantages to dental implants, including improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, and are designed to fuse with the bone so they are a permanent solution that does not require removal. Other advantages include improved speech and easier eating. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat with stability and confidence. You will also have improved self-esteem, as dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
Implants are very durable and will generally last many years providing that you take good care of them. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant, and they also must be committed to a lifelong of good oral hygiene which includes good home care routine and regular dental visits.
For more information talk to the team here at Victoria Street Dental or book an appointment online. The best course of action is to let the professionals take a look at your circumstances – after all, every set of teeth is different!