Dental Implant Maintenance – A Combined Effort?
Here at Sheen Dental we’ve been fitting dental implants in Richmond for many years and one of the first questions people ask us is how long will they last? What we tell people is that it depends greatly on how well they are maintained. Oral issues such as periodontal disease are extremely problematic for implants and if not treated can lead to dental implant loss. Therefore a culmination of excellent home care, regular check-ups and routine maintenance are key. All of which are a combined effort.
Develop a good home care regime
For the long-term success of implants, then daily flossing and brushing are imperative. Along with this, supplemental products such as antibacterial mouthwashes might also be recommended. When it comes to cleaning, your dentist will review and demonstrate how you clean your new teeth to ensure continued and proper brushing.
Just like normal teeth bacteria can build up on implanted teeth in the form of plaque. When this isn’t removed successfully it can harden and turn into a coating known as tartar. This can form on the gum line and once it does, it becomes very difficult to remove through normal brushing alone. Tartar can over time attack the gums making them tender, swollen and liable to bleed when brushed. These are the early stages of gum disease and collectively are known as gingivitis. When gingivitis is left untreated it can lead to severe gum disease and in turn can destroy the bone around the implant leading to peri-implantitis. When this occurs, often the only remedy is to take the implant out (if it hasn’t already become loose), treat the problem, and fit a brand new implant. In order to stop these catastrophic events escalating, regular routine maintenance is needed. As a result professional cleaning gets rid of tartar ensuring that your implants and natural teeth remain healthy. This should be carried out by your hygienist ever 3-6 months.
Finally if you’ve experienced dental implants in Richmond, or anywhere else in the UK your dentist will need to make sure that your implant is behaving exactly as it should. Problems such as teeth grinding, an unusual bite, lack of oral care or even excessive smoking or drinking can be problematic for implants. As such, by having regular check-ups your dentist should be able to spot problems early and as a result can address them before further damage is caused. Ideally check-ups should be carried out every 6 months.
As you can see dental implant maintenance really is a collective effort and if carried out properly by all parties concerned can see your implants last for many years to come. If you want to find out more about implant maintenance of any other aspect of a dental implant in Richmond, then contact Sheen Dental on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk