Caring For Dental Implants
If you have broken, misaligned or missing teeth, one of the restorative options available to you at Lifetime Family Dental in Gilbert is dental implants. Implants are the closest thing to your natural teeth, and once you have them, they will feel just like the teeth you were born with. They will also require the same kind of attention you give to your natural teeth. Here are things you need to do to care for your dental implants.
Implants need to be clean and free of plaque, so brushing twice a day is extremely important. Using a soft toothbrush or an electric brush is recommended. You may also use a tartar control toothpaste and mouthwash. Flossing around the abutments is just as important as flossing between and along the gums of your natural teeth.
One of the dangers of improperly cleaning implants is the development of gingivitis. This gum disease, if left unchecked, can result in gums receding and eventual bone loss. When this happens, you may also lose the implant. To make sure you are removing all of the plaque, you can use disclosing tablets that will show where the plaque remains. Interdental brushes and pick are also useful to get at hard-to-reach areas between your teeth.
Even though you have the best dental hygiene practices at home, you can’t neglect regular checkups every 3-6 months for a professional cleaning and examination. Your dentist and hygienist will probe and measure the gums around your implants in the same way they do your natural teeth. They will also check for looseness and proper bite.
Yearly X-rays should be taken for at least the first three years. These will be studied and compared to previous X-rays to alert your dentist to any developing complications. At each examination, the dentist will check the implant, the abutment, and the crown to make sure everything is working properly.
While dental implants require much less fuss than dental bridges, they do require consistent daily care. If you neglect proper cleaning and regular checkups, you may develop mucositis, a gum disease that is reversible with early detection. One of the earliest signs is bleeding around the abutment. If it is not treated, it can lead to severe bone loss and will necessitate removal of the implant.
Modern dental implants have been successfully used for over 30 years. With implants, you will get new teeth that will look, feel and function as well or even better than your natural teeth. At Lifetime Family Dental, we believe that dental implant surgery is one of the safest procedures we offer. Call us for a consultation if you want to know more. A happy smile is one sign of a happy life!