Everything You Need To Know About What You Can Do To Prevent Dental Implant Infection
Whether you opt for dental implants in Richmond or anywhere else in the country, it involves a surgical process and like any kind of surgery there are risks associated with it. One of the more common risks is post-surgical infection. Funnily enough by following the advice of the surgical team carrying out the process, it’s also one of the easiest to avoid. Nevertheless infections are still one of the leading problems of implant failure. So what can be done to avoid it from happening to you?
Experience is everything
Whilst most modern dental implants are designed to reduce the risk of infection an inexperienced surgeon my not take all the necessary precautions to avoid that risk. As a result it’s always best to choose your clinic and your dental surgeon wisely. Someone who has a good history of implant placement and is operating in a modern accredited clinic is a must.
Types of implant used
Did you know that there are over 150 different types of dental implant on the market and every dental clinic will have their own personal favourites? This may be down to a number of criteria including price, previous success rates and what works and indeed, best suits their patients needs. Some implants are more favourable in the prevention and spread of infection than others; such as those with retractable screws which can only be exposed at the last seconds before being attached into the patient. Whilst this type may not suit every patient, you might want to ask your dentist which make and model they are using. This way you can carry out your own research online.
Post-operative care is key
In the early days right after dental implant surgery, implants are extremely vulnerable to infection. As a result a patient needs to closely follow instructions given by their dentist for post-operative care. This includes regular and thorough brushing and flossing plus irrigation with a quality anti-bacterial mouthwash. This is often the point where most infections are passed, so attention to detail is key.
If you’re considering smoking whilst undergoing recovery for dental implants then don’t! Smoking is one of the leading causes of mouth based infections and can easily lead to implant failure. If you can’t or don’t want to quit altogether, then at the very least you need to quit until your implants are fully established. This can take up to 9 months.
As you can see with a little care and attention on your part implant infections can be prevented. If you want to find out more about the dental implant process and how it can improve your life then contact Sheen Dental. We’ve been fitting dental implants in Richmond with great success for many years and our skilled team has both the experience, and the proven results to back it up. Contact us on 020 8876 5277 or visit the website at www.sheendental.co.uk to book your free, no obligation consultation today.