Looking after Dental Implants
Looking after dental implants is much like looking after natural teeth.
Dental implants can give your smile a new lease of life. Whether it is only one tooth or a few, to prolong the life of dental implants, it’s crucial that patients follow a consistent and thorough dental hygiene routine.
Normally, after the dentist has fitted the patient’s implants, the dentist will then provide the patient with in depth information on a proper care routine for their implants.
Like normal teeth looking after dental implants includes; brushing for at least two minutes twice daily as well as flossing. However, further care must be given to dental implants to ensure that they maintain their effectiveness and do not put the patient at risk of infection.
Using the correct type of toothbrush is important for Implant patients.
Choosing one depends on both the implant and the patient’s ability to ensure their own teeth get the proper cleaning that they require. Some patients may prefer to use a manual toothbrush whereas others may benefit from using an electric toothbrush.
With implants, there may be areas of the mouth that a patient could find quite difficult to reach with a regular toothbrush due to its size. Dentists recommend using a nylon coated interdental brush to help tackle the problem of hard to reach areas. The small brush head with nylon coating on the bristles helps to prevent scratching and consequent damage of the implant.
When looking after dental implants it is also necessary to consider the type of toothpaste that should be used.
For implant patients, dentists recommend using low-abrasive toothpaste that will not erode or crack the surface of the tooth. Toothpastes containing abrasives like baking soda or toothpastes that are recommended for smokers are unsuitable for patients with implants.
In addition to using a specific type of toothpaste, dentists recommend that implant patients also use implant specific dental floss. Or even un-waxed dental tape in a criss-cross motion to help remove plaque and build up in between teeth.
With dental implants, regular three month check-ups with your dentist and hygienist are recommended. Attending these visits is important as they will allow your dentist to check if there are any problems with your implants. They will also be able to make recommendations on your care routine. At these appointments, it is important to let your dentist know of any concerns you have with your implants. Such as; sensitivity, movement, or bleeding.
Failing to care correctly and consistently for dental implants can lead to unwanted complications such as gum disease and ineffectiveness of the implant.
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