Caring for your dental implants
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth or to hold a denture in place to increase utility and comfort. Not everyone with missing teeth can use dental implants. Treating your implant well requires some special techniques and efforts to keep the implant free of dental plaque and to be clean. The plaque may cause infection in the tissues around the implant.
One should follow all the instructions given by your dentist and dental hygienist. This is necessary in the early post-operative phase to speed healing and avoid infection. Good oral hygiene is must and use of tobacco products should strictly be avoided.
Once the healing is complete, the dental implants requires thorough and regular care. Your dentist will give you instruction in the various techniques that are needed for the care and maintenance. It is important to practice these instructions and to use the best quality cleaning aids to assist in the process. He will also advise you of the frequency of which they will need to review your implant health. A small number of dental implants can develop peri-implantitis which is an infection of the tissues. This is usually caused by inadequate cleaning and the build-up of dental plaque. Regular check-ups will help avoid peri-implantitis and the possible complete failure of the implant.
Caring for dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth: brush, floss and follow check-ups, as scheduled. Additional cleaning aids also may be needed to help you keep your teeth healthy at home.
One important point worth mentioning is avoiding using teeth as tools. Lot of people rely on their teeth for a number of odd jobs: to tear open a packet of chips, uncap a bottle or take out the price tag off a piece of clothing. This can be hard on your teeth and a starting factor for teeth problems, traumatizing them or causing the edge of a weakened tooth to chip off or even break.
Last but not the least - Replacement teeth can't get teeth problems like cavities, they are subject to the same wear-and-tear as natural teeth. Well fit and cared dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime.