Dental implants are the only permanent way a dentist can replace patients’ natural teeth, and just like natural teeth, they need to be well looked after to ensure that they stay in good condition. It isn’t difficult to look after implants and the teeth attached to them – the key is to practise prudent oral hygiene.
If you have suffered the indignity, distress, and discomfort of tooth loss, one thing’s for sure: you won’t want to risk going through that again. By ensuring that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, visit your dentist and hygienist as frequently as they tell you to for check-ups, maintenance, and cleaning appointments, and use any special appliances that your hygienist recommends (such as interdental or denture brushes) you can help to keep your implants and new teeth in the best possible condition.
Ace Dental in Kentish Town offers treatment with dental implants to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth, no matter how you came to lose them. The dentist may want to see you more regularly than usual, particularly in the early months after treatment, to make sure your implants are healing properly and are healthy.
Practising good dental hygiene with implants is important because, just like your natural teeth, the replacement teeth attached to your implants can attract plaque and cause a number of serious problems. Peri-implantitis is a gum disease-like condition that is caused by infection and can cause your dental implants to fail. It is easily avoided and, like gum disease, always preceded by a milder condition.
Should you experience swollen or bleeding gums, or anything else unusual with your implants, you should contact your dentist as a matter of urgency.
Crowns and bridges attached to dental implants will be permanently fixed in place, whist dentures may be either fixed or removable.
Removable dentures should be cleaned over a sink of water or a folded towel just in case they slip out of your fingers, to minimise the chances of breakage. Fixed tooth restorations should be brushed and flossed in a similar fashion to regular teeth.