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Tips From Experts: Proper Dental Implant Care 101


Losing one of your teeth is already a bad news; Losing a couple of them is a disaster. Not only is an incomplete set of teeth a little less functional, it also forces the person to lose his otherwise perfect and beautiful smile. That is why many people resort to bridgework, dentures, and dental implants to remedy this problem. Between the three, dental implants are more popular because it is more comfortable and can treat even a single tooth as compared to bridgework, which affects at least three.

Dental Implants In General

Dental implants are also known as replacement tooth roots that provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth. They are made to seamlessly match the appearance of natural teeth and thus are more authentic-looking. As they look and feel like your own teeth, it is very comfortable compared to ordinary dentures. With it, not only will your eating habits improve, but your self-esteem and overall oral health will also be boosted.

The general success rate of dental implants can reach a rate of up to 98%. They can even last a lifetime if properly maintained which is why it is crucial that one learns how to properly care for dental implants if they ever decide to avail it.  Here’s how:

Dental Implants: Proper care and maintenance

Since dental implants look like, feels like, fits like and functions exactly like natural teeth, it is no surprise that they also require the same care as real teeth would. This care would include brushing at least three times daily after each meals, careful flossing, completed with an antibacterial mouthwash rinse for a total excellent hygiene care package. But since it is still artificial teeth, one will still have to visit your dentist more often to check if everything is still okay with the implants. Even though cavities cannot possibly occur in them, one will still need to visit his or her dentist as scheduled and have them maintain regular dental cleanings. Additional cleaning aids may also be recommended by the dentist to help one keep his or her teeth healthy at home. The patient and the dentist must work much closer as a team to ensure the durability and longevity of the dental implants.

Additionally, it is important to look carefully at possible signs of infection. Check the tissue surrounding the implant and make sure that it appears pink, firm, and without signs of swelling. The soft tissues or the permucosal seal separating the connective tissues surrounding the implant from the outside environment should be properly kept. The success of the dental implant depends largely on the health of this seal, so it is necessary to make sure that the patient is educated on how to maintain a healthy permucosal seal.

Lastly, it is important that maintenance products such as toothpaste or toothbrush are properly chosen. Buy toothpaste that will not irritate the permucosal seal. There is also a titanium surface in the implant that is anti-corrosive. If this layer is removed, the implant will be prone to corrosion, so it is best to ask the dentist which products will help avoid this from happening. Stannous fluoride can cause etching, roughness on implants, and their esthetic restorations. For the brush, a soft toothbrush should be used. They can be manual brush, electric, or sonic brush, as long as the bristles are soft and won’t be too hard on the gums. Interdental brush, rubber tip, soft picks, and water irrigation can also prove to be effective.