Do Dental Implants Need Ongoing Maintenance?

Posted on Sep 19, 2022 9:00:00 AM by Jeff Rubel

Shutterstock_1216595191Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots usually made of titanium placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. They are a good option for most people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or other reasons. Dental implants can be used to support one or more false teeth and are a popular choice because they are strong, durable, and look and feel like natural teeth.

Brush and Floor Regularly

Although dental implants are an extremely strong and durable tooth replacement option, it is still important to brush your teeth regularly when you have them. Just like with natural teeth, plaque can build up on dental implants and cause gum disease. Regular brushing will help remove plaque and bacteria around the implant and prevent gum disease.

It is best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing your dental implants. Be sure to brush gently in a circular motion around each implant. You may also need to use a special interdental brush to clean between the implants. Additionally, you may want to use a tarter-control toothpaste and an antimicrobial mouth rinse. Be sure to ask your dentist what type of toothbrush and toothpaste they recommend for your particular situation.

In addition to regular brushing, it is also essential to floss your dental implants daily. This is because plaque can build up in the tight spaces between the implants, just like it does between natural teeth.

Avoid Poor Oral Habits

Even if you brush and floss correctly, other poor oral habits can break down your dental implants. Here are some tips to help you avoid negative oral habits when you have dental implants:

  1. Avoid chewing on hard objects: Chewing on hard objects can damage your dental implants. Try to avoid chewing on things like ice or hard candy.

  2. Avoid smoking: Smoking can increase the risk of implant failure and infection. Also, tobacco in any form is terrible for your oral hygiene, so it’s best to quit chewing as well.

  3. Avoid sugary foods. Just as with natural teeth, you can get decay around the implant. So avoid eating lots of foods like candy, cakes, bread, pasta, and especially anything sticky.

Problems with Dental Implants Without Proper Care

Just like your natural teeth, you can develop serious problems if you do not adequately care for your dental implants. These problems range from mild to severe and include

  • Bleeding

  • Bone loss

  • Having to have the implant removed

Frequent Visits to Your Dentist

Visit your dentist regularly, every six months, though it may vary depending on your individual needs. This is the most important thing you can do for your dental implants. Your dentist can check for any problems with the implant and ensure that it is still securely in place. They will also be able to clean the implant and make sure that there is no build-up of plaque or tartar.

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. They are also a good option for people who have trouble with their dentures. Luckily, they are also just as low maintenance as your natural teeth! If you are considering dental implants, be sure to talk to Coral West Dental about whether they are right for you.

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