Dental implants have served as great alternatives to replace missing teeth, with numerous advantages over traditional dentures. Implants can function like your natural teeth and are far stronger than any other permanent placement.
Diana Dental describes implants as artificial roots made of ultra-pure titanium. The roots are inserted into the jawbone, which will fuse to the implant surface over time. After it heals, a crown or bridge will be placed over the implant to complete the stable foundation.
However, nothing is without risk. Just as you would for natural teeth, it is imperative to care for your implants to prevent complications. Fortunately, proper oral hygiene, a healthy lifestyle and regular visits to the dentist are the best preventative measures available.
Brushing and Flossing
Brush the implant-retained restorations (crown or bridge) at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Clean every corner and area you can reach gently yet thoroughly. Don’t forget to floss after brushing.
Diet and Lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle can mean healthy implants. Avoid food and beverages which are either too hot or too cold. To better minimise risks, avoid substances such as alcohol and cigarette. If you smoke and drink regularly, now would be the perfect time to quit.
If you play sports, it is advisable to protect your implants with a mouth guard. Wearing a mouth guard in your sleep can also prevent damaging habits, like teeth grinding, from wearing your implants.
Dental Visits and Cleaning
Consulting your dentist for a routine check-up is crucial. While implants are designed to be tough, they can still be prone to wear. During a check-up, your dentist performs a thorough examination of the implant’s condition and provides the appropriate treatment for any problem found.
Caring of your implants is important for long-term success. With proper care at home and in your dentist’s chair, your new teeth can perform well and provide stable, long-lasting support.